VAIL - A Denver man who didn't do quite enough braking while breaking and entering a local liquor store was sentenced to three years in prison.
Moses Antonio Heguy, Jr., 42, pleaded guilty to driving his Jeep Cherokee into the West Vail Liquor Mart's front doors and stealing three bottles of wine.
It was about 4 a.m. and Heguy had to snake his Jeep up the handicapped accessible ramp on the building's east side, then onto the sidewalk in front of the store to even reach the front door.
When he did, he crashed his Jeep through the front door and stole three bottles of wine.
He'd left Denver a few hours earlier after he allegedly stabbed his wife. Eagle County Court Judge Katharine Sullivan sentenced him before he was whisked away to Denver to face more felony charges stemming from that incident.
He told Sullivan that after he bashed through the West Vail Liquor Mart's front doors he had tried to asphyxiate himself by breathing exhaust from his Jeep's tailpipe. He might have gotten it done, except it ran out of gas.
The store's security system went off the instant the bumper of Heguy's jeep hit the front doors.
Vail police and firefighters were on the scene in moments, but Heguy and his Jeep were already gone.
While they were wrapping up their investigation, Heguy returned to the scene.
Vail police arrested him immediately.
It's the first time the store has been robbed, said Laurie Mullin, one of the owners.
"The Vail police, fire department and everyone involved was great and very professional. I was very impressed with them," Mullin said after the robbery.
Heguy was intoxicated at the time of the burglary.
Heguy was charged with driving under the influence, second degree burglary, violation of a restraining order and criminal mischief.
Heguy hadn't run afoul of Eagle County law enforcement before, but is most familiar with Front Range police.
He's on probation in Jefferson County for a misdemeanor protection violation. There's a separate case for misdemeanor domestic abuse and false imprisonment, according to his criminal records.
In Denver he saw his charges for second degree assault with a weapon, felony menacing and false imprisonment reduced to a misdemeanor.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.