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April 4, 2012
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An Eagle Police officer patrolling around town March 15 contacted a male teenager with concerns about his two dogs.

The police report noted that the officer had been notified earlier that the youth, who was apparently homeless, was loitering around town with two dogs that were not leashed.

The youth refused to identify himself stating "he knew his rights." The officer noted he in fact had jurisdiction to request identification for both the teen and the animals. He patted down the youth but found no identification for the male and no tags for the dogs.

The officer contacted Eagle County Animal Control to take custody of the dogs because they were not leashed or tagged. At that point, the youth yelled at some friends to go get his mom or dad.

The animal control officer arrived on the scene and agreed the animals were missing leashes and tags. Shortly thereafter, a woman also arrived and took possession of the animals. She provided information to show the animals were in compliance with shots and licenses and the police and animal control officers advised her that the dogs needed to be leashed. She was allowed to leave the scene with the animals.

Because he was in a public place and did not comply with the town's leash law, the youth was issued a summons. He challenged the officer to take him to jail because he was not willing to sign the summons. The officer opted to write "refused" in the signature box and handed over the ticket and the youth left the scene.

Eagle Police were called to a local lodge after a reported hit and run accident March 17.

While en route to the lodge, the officer spotted a vehicle matching the suspect description parked along Market Street. The car had a flat front driver's side tire and was unoccupied and unlocked.

The officer spotted a woman, who was unsteady on her feet, walking away from the scene. The officer contacted the woman, who admitted the suspect vehicle was hers. She reportedly told police that she had been drinking and that she had hit another vehicle, but that she didn't think she had caused any damage. She refused to attempt roadside maneuvers. The officer took her to the jail.

Meanwhile, another Eagle Police officer contacted the witnesses of the accident. They said the woman drove up to their vehicle at the entrance to a local motel and yelled at them to turn off their headlights. She then accelerated quickly, hitting the trailer attached to their car, and left the scene.

The woman was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving, hit and run and leaving the scene of an accident.

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The VailDaily Updated Apr 4, 2012 01:06PM Published Apr 4, 2012 01:05PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.