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March 28, 2012
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Eagle Police were called to an Eagle Ranch neighborhood March 16 on a report of teenagers who were riding skateboards while hanging onto a vehicle.

When the officer arrived, she made contact with a young male who was riding a long board. She described the complaint and the youth admitted a friend had pulled him up the road. The officer noted the youth was slightly confrontational and that he claimed he didn't know where his friend had gone.

After explaining that it is both illegal and unsafe to hang onto vehicles while riding a skateboard the officer noted that the youth wasn't wearing any protective equipment such as a helmet, sunglasses or pads. She then contacted the party who made the initial report.

The reporting party told police she was bicycling in the area with her children when she saw a vehicle swerving around the road. The woman said she was afraid for her safety and that the practice of skateboarding teens hanging onto vehicles was becoming a problem in the neighborhood.

The teen was issued a citation.

On March 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eagle Police were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident along Brush Creek Road.

While en route, the officer was informed the driver had possibly sustained injuries in the accident. Upon arrival, the officer noticed beer cans and beer bottles scattered alongside the road from where the vehicle had rolled.

The officer contacted the driver, described as "disoriented and obviously in shock." The man said he wanted to get out of the car, but the officer advised him to stay inside because the driver's side door couldn't open. As he spoke with the driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the man's breath. The driver was unable to answer the officer's questions about whether or not there was anyone else riding in the car at the time of the accident.

Emergency crews arrived on the scene and the officer began a search to determine if anyone had been ejected from the car when the back window shattered. No passengers were located and during the search the officer learned the driver had a restraining order prohibiting him from consuming alcohol.

The driver was extricated from the car and transported to Vail Valley Medical Center. The officer traveled to Vail to continue the investigation. The driver admitted to consuming four beers and two shots before he drove. He consented to a blood test.

The man was charged with careless driving and DUI. Although he admitted to violation of the order retraining him from consuming alcohol, the man was not taken to jail because of his injuries.

An Eagle resident contacted police March 8 when a friend failed to return his car after two days.

The man told officers that he agreed to let a friend spend the night at his home on March 5. The man also agreed to allow his friend to use his car that evening. After the guest returned from the grocery store, the host placed his car keys where he normally stores them and the two men retired for the evening.

The next morning, the host woke up around 6:30 a.m. and found his friend was gone. At 10 a.m. the man looked outside and noticed his car was also gone. When he checked for his keys, they were missing.

The man attempted to call his friend's cell phone, but found the phone in the cushions of the couch where the guest had been sleeping. The man said he hoped his friend would return with the car, but called police after two days when he had not heard from him. He told the officer than he thought his friend was staying in Glenwood Springs.

When the Eagle Police officer called Garfield County to get additional information about the suspect in the vehicle theft, he learned the man was arrested March 7 and was in custody at the county jail on several felony charges.

The Eagle officer learned the man was arrested when he was caught breaking into other vehicles in the Glenwood Springs Police Department Impound Lot. He was allegedly placing the stolen items in the Eagle man's car at the time of the arrest.

When contacted, the Eagle man said he didn't want to pursue charges, he just wanted his car back. He was given information to contact the Glenwood police about the case.

• On March 12 an employee at a Chambers Avenue business reported her iPhone had been stolen from an employee lounge area. The woman said she used her phone around 12:30 p.m. and left it on a table in the lounge. At around 2 p.m., she returned to the lounge and the phone was missing. She noted that the lounge area is accessible to customers at the business and she called her carrier to drop service as soon as she realized the phone was missing. The woman estimated the phone's value at $400.

• Also on March 12 a resident reported a Sirius satellite radio receiver was stolen from his unlocked car parked downtown. The man discovered the theft around 9 a.m. and said the receiver was in his car at 7 p.m. the previous night. Other items inside the car were not stolen. The radio was valued at $200.

• On March 8 a K2 snowboard with black Burton bindings was turned into the Eagle Police. The item was found near Violet Lane. To identify and claim contact Eagle Police at 328-6351.

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The VailDaily Updated Mar 28, 2012 01:42PM Published Mar 28, 2012 01:39PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.