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The owner of a salvage yard on Spring Creek Road in Gypsum reported that a former employee stole about $3,500 worth of car parts while he was out of town on April 17. The suspect broke into a locked utility truck where the car parts were stored.

While the owner spoke with the deputy, the suspect called to say he was sorry and that he needed the money. He had taken the parts to a metal recycling business in Eagle, where he was paid about $200.

The man was cited for criminal trespassing, theft and littering.

On April 25, the resident of an Eagle-Vail apartment asked deputies to investigate the apartment below him.

He said the tenants there must be smoking or growing a lot of marijuana because it made his apartment smell and he was sick of it. The officer said he wouldn't be able to cite the suspects if they were legal medical marijuana users but would check it out.

The officer knocked on the door of the suspect apartment and immediately saw paraphernalia on the coffee table. A 28-year-old man answered the door and a 21-year-old woman tried to hide the paraphernalia. They were both cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

A deputy was driving on U.S. Highway 6 in Gypsum on April 28 when he saw a car backing up on the road to make a right turn it had missed. The deputy stopped the 51-year-old driver and the man said he didn't have a license with him because it was suspended.

The officer ran a background check and discovered the man's license was revoked and he had a previous case of driving with a revoked license as well. He was arrested for driving under restraint and backing up on the highway.

Deputies were notified of a car fish-tailing on Lake Creek Road in Edwards on April 28.

An officer started looking for the SUV and had to swerve out of the way when it came flying around a corner in the middle of the road, going the opposite direction. The SUV also swerved to avoid a collision and drove into a ditch and up the other side. The 26-year-old driver then backed up next to the officer's window and said, "Hey."

The deputy recognized the man from previous encounters and smelled alcohol in the car. The man admitted he had a couple cocktails. The deputy told him to step out of the car and when he did, the officer saw the man had urinated himself.

The man refused to perform voluntary roadside tests as well as a chemical test. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

A deputy was patrolling Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail when he saw a car speed by in the opposite direction.

The officer didn't get a radar lock but he noticed the car didn't have license plate lamps. He turned around to contact the driver and had a hard time catching up because the car was going so fast.

When he contacted the 24-year-old driver, the deputy smelled alcohol and saw a bruise on the man's hand. The man said he was fighting with his girlfriend and punched a wall. He said he was sorry for driving fast and that he just wanted to get home.

The deputy asked him to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers. The man refused and also refused a chemical test.

He was arrested for DUI and cited for the license plate lamps. A background check revealed he had two prior DUIs in Vermont.

A deputy was called to a Gypsum store on April 29 for a shoplifter that had been caught.

A store employee said he saw the 32-year-old woman set two jam jars next to her purse in the shopping cart. She went up another aisle and when she came out, the jars were not visible. The employee asked her about the jam at the checkout counter and she pulled the jars from her purse.

The jars of jam had a total value of about $10. The woman said she didn't know why she did it. She was cited for theft and banned from the store.

Repeating the same mistake

A deputy was on Lake Creek Village Drive in Edwards when he saw a car speeding.

He stopped the 40-year-old driver and discovered the man had no driver's license, insurance or registration due to a prior DUI. The man also had a history of driving with a revoked license. He was arrested for driving with a revoked license and failing to present proof of insurance.

A deputy stopped a 32-year-old driver in Edwards on May 3 because the windows of his car were tinted too dark.

The officer tested the level of tint on the windows and told the man his windows had 8 percent light transmittance and they needed to be at 27 percent.

The man seemed nervous and the deputy asked why. He said his license had been revoked for a DUI. The officer confirmed it and arrested him for the offense.

A deputy was getting onto westbound Interstate 70 in Avon behind another car on May 5 when the car accelerated very fast and sped away.

The officer followed the car as it reached 98 mph in a 75 mph zone. He also saw the car weaving before it exited I-70 at Edwards without a turn signal, still going very fast and slamming its brakes halfway down the off-ramp.

The deputy stopped the 36-year-old driver on County Road. The man said he thought he was going 75 but admitted he didn't use a turn signal.

The man's eyes were bloodshot and watery, his speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. He admitted he had some drinks and said he thought his license was suspended for a previous DUI.

The deputy checked and told the man his license status was not suspended - only "may apply," which meant he was eligible for a Colorado driver license.

Still, the man didn't have a license and the deputy asked him to perform voluntary roadside tests. The man refused those and a chemical test.

He was arrested for DUI, speeding, driving without a license and failing to use a turn signal.

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