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Not the spot

for a nap

Loud snoring noises recently led an Eagle Police officer who was on foot patrol to find an apparently intoxicated man sleeping under a picnic table.

The man was found at around midnight at a pocket park located next to a residential area.

The officer said it took about a minute to wake up the man and that he had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and unsteady balance. The officer said the man also had difficulty figuring out how to get out from under the table.

When the officer attempted to find out where the man lived and if he had any friends nearby, he replied with unintelligible responses and profane insults.

The officer learned that earlier in the evening, another Eagle officer had contacted the man and his two companions because they were intoxicated and vomiting in a parking lot.

Police were able to contact a sober person to take responsibility for the man and no charges were filed.

Dumb drug deal

Eagle Police were contacted July 22 on a report that someone was trying to sell drugs at the Eagle Rest Area site.

The caller asked to remain anonymous, but noted that a man just tried to sell him some marijuana.

When the officer arrived on the scene, she did not see the suspect vehicle, but noticed another car occupied by a white male. The license plate for the vehicle matched the one reported for the suspect.

The officer noted that when the driver of the suspect vehicle saw her patrol car, he "made furtive movements and quickly started his vehicle and attempted to drive away." She pulled him over.

A strong marijuana odor emanated from the vehicle and the officer explained why she had pulled over the driver. The man said he had come into contact with another man at the rest area bathroom. He said the other man appeared to be in pain and so he offered him some marijuana. The suspect said he knew his actions were wrong, but he felt sorry for the other man. He denied trying to sell drugs.

The officer asked the suspect to hand over his marijuana and he produced about 5 ounces. He also produced his driver's license and his medical marijuana card. He claimed to have gotten the marijuana from a dispensary in Glenwood, but then admitted he grew the marijuana himself. The officer noted the suspect was "very nervous, sweating and shaking."

When the officer asked why the man was so nervous, he said he had been in trouble in the past and was trying to stay clean and do the right thing.

The officer educated the man about the rules of possessing and distributing a controlled substance and then gave him back his marijuana and his medical marijuana card. No charges were filed.

Hot dog

Eagle Police were called to a local fast food restaurant parking lot on a report of animal cruelty on July 23.

The reporting party said someone had left a dog inside a vehicle while he went inside the restaurant and that the temperature outside was 93 degrees. She said when she attempted to contact the animal's owner, he told her to mind her own business and "chased" her away.

When the officer arrived in the parking area, he found the suspect vehicle and two people standing outside. The man said he was waiting for police to arrive because a woman had just threatened to call them.

The man said when he and his female companion arrived at the restaurant, they rolled down the van windows and when inside to order food and get some ice for their dog. After placing their order and while the woman was getting the ice, another woman came inside and yelled for the owner of the van. When he identified himself, the man said the woman yelled at him, saying leaving the animal in the car was illegal. He said he told the woman to mind her own business and that nobody loved the dog like he does.

He said when the woman left, he followed her outside to finish their conversation and explain the situation. He said she got in her car and told him she was calling the police.

The officer noted all of the van's windows were partially open and the windshield was covered with a sun visor. The dog had ice in his water bowl and the temperature inside the van was not warmer that the outside temperature. The owner brought the dog out of the vehicle and the officer reported the animal appeared to be healthy and happy with its owners.

The officer shared information about the dangers of leaving a pet inside a vehicle when it is hot and recommended different options to avoid problems in the future. No charges were filed.


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