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Emotions flare during DUI stop

A deputy stopped a car for speeding in Edwards Sept. 22. The car had also been weaving and took longer to pull over than normal.

The 44-year-old driver had alcohol on his breath and admitted he'd been drinking. Deputies had the man step out of the car and were questioning him when another car pulled up, stopping in the middle of U.S. Highway 6.

The female driver was the man's wife. She screamed at him while officers tried to get her to pull off the road. The woman pulled over and tried to run to her husband. Deputies held her back and coaxed her back into her car.

The man was cooperative and apologized for his wife's behavior. He agreed to perform voluntary roadside tests. He did not perform them to the officer's satisfaction and was arrested for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.

He submitted to a blood test, was cited for DUI and released into the custody of his wife.

Solicitors charged

for trespassing

A resident of Crazy Horse Circle in Edwards called deputies after two men tried to sell him magazine subscriptions.

The 50-year-old resident told them the property was posted, "No soliciting." He told the men to leave but they persisted to try selling him magazines. He threatened to call deputies and the men became verbally abusive. He picked up the phone and the men started to leave but lingered in the parking lot until they saw him follow them while talking on the phone.

Deputies found the men at the next building over. The 24-year-old and 20-year-old men denied cursing at the resident. They were cited for trespassing.

Speeding without a license

A deputy stopped a car for speeding in a construction zone in Eagle-Vail on Sept. 29. The 30-year-old driver's license was under restraint.

He was cited for speeding in a construction zone and driving without a license.

Crazy driving

A deputy was driving west on Highway 6 between Eagle and Gypsum when he saw a car speeding the opposite direction.

The car weaved into the dirt shoulder, kicking up dirt as it passed the deputy's location. The car continued to accelerate. The deputy turned around and pursued the car, which crossed a double-yellow line to pass two vehicles.

The car finally stopped in a dirt lot near a gas station in Eagle. The 23-year-old driver started to get out as the officer pulled up behind him and pointed his "duty weapon" at him. The man got back in the car and tried to restart the engine. The deputy ordered him out of the car and detained him until backup arrived.

The man said he didn't know why he tried to evade the officer. His breath smelled of alcohol and he admitted he had two beers. The deputy said he could have killed someone driving like that. The man teared up and said he was sorry but he also said later that the only reason he stopped was because he ran out of gas.

The 23-year-old was not from the area and did not have a license. He refused a chemical test that was part of the DUI investigation and was jailed for felony eluding, reckless driving, DUI, speeding and driving without a license.

License plate lamps lead to jail

A deputy stopped a car in Edwards for defective license plate lamps on Sept. 29.

The 27-year-old driver didn't have a license. What he did have was a warrant out of Avon. He was jailed for the warrant and cited for driving without a license and for the defective lamps.

Car, foot chase

A deputy saw an SUV speeding on westbound Interstate 70 near Edwards at 3 a.m. on Sept. 30.

The officer drove after the car, which continued to speed through a construction zone. Then the deputy saw the car slow down as it started to smoke. The SUV pulled over as more smoke started coming from the engine.

A 21-year-old man got out of the driver's seat and ran north, away from I-70 as the officer yelled at him to stop. The suspect proceeded to climb over the wildlife fence when the deputy twisted his knee and fell down. Other officers responded with a K-9 unit to track the suspect as the deputy returned to investigate the SUV.

A 22-year-old man was getting out of the passenger seat, saying, "He blew my engine!" The man was the owner of the car and resisted when the officer handcuffed him.

He said he didn't know the driver and had just met him at a bar. The deputy asked why he would let a stranger drive.

"I don't know, dude," the man said.

The deputy warned him he would face charges for lying and hiding the man's identity. The man said, "I'm not telling you anything."

Meanwhile, the K-9 unit found the 21-year-old suspect in the 300 block of Longhorn Drive. His hands were badly cut from climbing the fence and he needed stitches. A container of marijuana was in his pocket. He agreed to go the hospital as long as deputies drove him and he didn't have to ride in an ambulance.

On the way to the hospital, he said he had known the other man since high school. He also commented that he shouldn't have had so much to drink at the bar.

He was treated for his wounds and submitted a breath test for investigation of DUI. He was booked into jail for DUI, eluding, speeding, displaying expired tags, failing to present proof of insurance, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and obstructing government operations.

The car was towed and the 22-year-old was cited for obstructing government operations.

Burglary

A resident of Chatfield Court in Gypsum reported that his $6,000 racing bike was stolen from his garage between Sept. 5-29.

He said he left the back screen door open so his cats could go in and out. He had his neighbors checking on the place and one noticed the door was open wider than usual around Sept. 23.

The bike was a GT aluminum frame with a custom time-trial setup and yellow tape on the handle bars.

Miscellaneous mischief

• Several items worth a total of $4,000 were stolen from two welding trucks parked at a business on Highway 6 in Avon between Sept. 21-24.

• A 20-inch Mongoose mountain bike was stolen from its place next to a garage on Deer Boulevard in Eagle-Vail between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1


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