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June 20, 2012
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A deputy saw a dirt bike that didn't have a license plate driving on U.S. Highway 6 in Gypsum on June 9. The officer switched on his emergency lights and siren to catch up to the rider but the man didn't stop. The motorcycle sped up to 57 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The rider finally slowed down and pulled over at a roundabout. From a PA system, the deputy ordered the man to get off the bike and the man was handcuffed to prevent him from running off.

The 21-year-old man smelled of alcohol and admitted he had been drinking but he refused to say where he was coming from. He only said that he caught his girlfriend with someone else.

The deputy told him he was under arrest for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. The man asked to perform voluntary maneuvers and the deputy cautioned him that the voluntary tests were not necessary since he was already arrested and the tests could be used as evidence against him. However, he had to submit to a blood or breath test no matter what. The man still wanted to do the voluntary tests and he failed. He then elected a breath test at the jail.

After his test, the 21-year-old was released to a group of friends outside the jail. The deputy was also outside, sitting in his car, finishing the arrest report when another deputy notified him that the 21-year-old had just been punched in the face by another man. The officer looked and saw the 21-year-old arguing with a man.

The deputy pulled the 21-year-old aside and asked what happened. The man said nothing happened.

Then the deputy spoke with the other man suspected of hitting the 21-year-old. The man said the 21-year-old was dating his sister. He had been drinking and was trying to kiss her while she worked at a restaurant. The man's sister took the 21-year-old's car keys away from him because he was drunk and he got mad at her. He unloaded his dirt bike from his truck and took off. The man said he slapped the 21-year-old because he himself recently had a DUI and the 21-year-old should have known better after seeing the trouble he went through.

The deputy only warned the man for disorderly conduct, since the 21-year-old didn't want to press charges. The 21-year-old was cited for DUI.

• Eighty dollars was stolen from a wallet that was left momentarily at an Edwards bus stop on June 6.

• A Centennial resident who owns a vacant lot in Gypsum told deputies on June 8 that someone had been dumping used wood on his lot for the past year. Deputies advised him to put up a fence with "No Trespassing" signs.

• A license plate was stolen from a camper while it was parked at an Eagle-Vail apartment complex between May 31 and June 10.

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