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Underage drinking

Eagle Police were called to a local motel Aug. 18 on a report of an underage person in need of medical assistance.

When the officers arrived, the front desk worker stated several underage people were drinking in one of the motel rooms and one of them was so intoxicated he could not walk. The worker was concerned for the youth's safety and worried about possible alcohol poisoning. Police obtained a key to the room.

As the officers knocked on the door, they heard what sounded like glass bottles clanging together. Seven people eventually exited the room and all were under the age of 21. All them declined medical attention.

After clearing all the parties through dispatch, the officer found out that one individual was on probation. Dispatch also noted that the same man had a warrant for failure to appear. The warrant had the suspect's same date of birth and home address and the physical description matched, but it had a different name. The suspect denied having a warrant for his arrest and denied being charged for the original violation.

He was booked into the county jail for the warrant and all the other parties were warned for underage drinking.

Late and loud

Eagle Police were called to a residential area in town at 2 a.m. Aug. 28 on a report of a man yelling outside.

As the officer arrived, he could hear a man yelling from approximately one block away. On the scene, he found a man standing outside a home yelling and a number of people attempting to quiet him.

One of the men outside said he was the other man's employee. He said his boss had come home from a bar and was drunk and he woke up everyone with his yelling.

When the officer spoke with the suspect, he noted the man appeared to be very intoxicated and he was unsteady on his feet. The officer told the man to quiet down, and the suspect reportedly said he was paying the policeman to work and he could not tell him what to do. The suspect reportedly added only his mother could tell him to be quiet.

The officer and the employee both asked the man to settle down and go inside to sleep. According to the police report, the suspect remained defiant and aggressive and after five attempts to get him to quiet down the officer placed the man under arrest.

The officer reported he grabbed the suspect's arm and the man pulled away. The officer then placed a wrist lock on the man, who responded by grabbing a porch post with his other arm. The suspect then wrapped his knees around the post. A pair of Eagle County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene and assisted in removing the man from the porch.

After he was handcuffed and while he was being escorted to a patrol car, the man went limp and refused to walk. He was carried to the vehicle and transported to the county jail without further incident.

Once he was booked into the jail, the man resumed his yelling and started banging on a door. He was eventually placed into restraints when he started hitting his head against a wall.

Also noisy

Eagle Police were called to a residence at Eagle Ranch at 2 a.m. Aug. 25 on a noise complaint. As officers arrived, they heard loud yelling and music from the unit from a block away.

When they knocked on the door, they found a party with approximately 15 people was in progress. The people inside were told they were too loud for the time of night and to quiet down. There were no more complaints that night.

However, on the following night at approximately 2:50 a.m. police were again called to the residence on a noise complaint. They reported the party noise was even louder than it was the previous night. Officers spoke with the owner of the unit, asking him if he thought the level of noise was appropriate for the time of night. The man apologized and said he would quiet down.

Because it was the second night in a row that a noise complaint was made regarding the same residence, the officer issued a summons for disturbing the peace.

Young and fast

At approximately 8 p.m. Aug. 25, an Eagle Police officer was traveling southbound on Capitol Street when he observed a vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed.

When the officer caught up with the vehicle, he noted that there were two-year stickers displayed on the license plate and he initiated a traffic stop. When he contacted the driver and asked for his license, registration and proof of insurance, the young man behind the wheel responded he did not have a license because he was only 15 years old. He handed over the vehicle registration and an expired insurance card.

The officer detected burnt marijuana smell coming from the vehicle and he noted the driver had bloodshot, watery eyes. The youth denied smoking marijuana.

There were three passengers in the car. The three youths admitted to smoking marijuana and handed over a glass pipe.

The officer contacted the parents of all four youths. The three passengers were released to their parents. When the underage driver's mother arrived, she denied giving her son permission to drive the car that evening, but admitted she had let him use the vehicle in the past. She was warned that he was not authorized to drive until he obtained a license and warned about the insurance and plate sticker issues.


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The VailDaily Updated Sep 12, 2012 01:30PM Published Sep 12, 2012 01:29PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.