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A deputy was on westbound Interstate 70 near Wolcott on Nov. 6 when he saw a van backing up in the eastbound lanes. Another car and a semi truck had to brake hard and stop in the middle of the highway to avoid hitting the van.

The officer used an emergency turnaround and contacted the driver of the van. The 36-year-old smelled of alcohol and said he missed the Wolcott exit. He thought he was safe to back up to reach the exit.

The man agreed to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests and failed. He was arrested for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was cited for driving while his ability was impaired (DWAI) and backing a vehicle on the highway.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding in Edwards on Nov. 7.

The 29-year-old driver said he didn't have a license and only drives from Eagle River Village to Lake Creek Village to pick up his friend who drives from there. He pointed to a man coming over to the car.

The deputy checked the second man's license and found it had been suspended. The 29-year-old's license had nine restraints on his revoked license.

The 29-year-old was arrested for driving with a revoked license and warned for careless driving.

An Edwards resident reported that a softball-sized rock was thrown through her back windshield on Nov. 7 and that she had an idea who was responsible.

She said one of her former employees smoked marijuana in her car as a joke when she left it unlocked three months ago. She reported him to their superiors and the 40-year-old man was fired after an investigation. She said during the investigation, the man claimed that she sexually harassed him but no basis to that claim was ever established.

Since his termination, the woman had seen the man around. He would smile and flip her off and she felt threatened by him. She saw him the day the rock was thrown through the window of her car.

She told deputies not to speak to him, however, because she feared further retaliation. Officers gave her information for getting a restraining order against the man but she said he is powerful and could get someone else to do things for him.

The damage to the car was estimated at $1,500.

Deputies investigated a disturbance at an Edwards home on Nov. 11.

They met a 24-year-old man outside the residence who said his roommate punched him. There was a cut above his eye. He said his 25-year-old roommate punched him after he told him he didn't like his girlfriend. The officers noted that the man was intoxicated and had an ambulance examine his injury.

The 25-year-old said he and the 24-year-old were going to a job fair in the morning and the 24-year-old was drinking heavily. He said the 24-year-old has been having lots of problems and was drinking too much lately. He confronted the 24-year-old about the drinking and the man got upset, started spewing insults and then tried to punch him but missed. The 25-year-old said he reacted by punching the 24-year-old. The 25-year-old's girlfriend saw the incident and confirmed the story.

The 24-year-old declined to press charges and arranged to stay somewhere else for the night.

A 19-year-old Gypsum store clerk called deputies on Nov. 13 about two young men who were trying to buy alcohol without their IDs and past the time when the clerk was permitted to sell alcohol. The men wouldn't leave the store and tried bribing the clerk to sell them alcohol.

Deputies arrived and found the men sitting in a car that had just pulled into a parking space from a gas pump. The 20-year-old driver rolled down his window to talk to the officers, who noticed the car smelled of burned marijuana. The deputies recognized the 22-year-old passenger in the car from previous encounters they had with him.

The officers asked the driver why they were trying so persistently to buy alcohol. The 20-year-old man said they just forgot their IDs. The deputies asked the man to get out of the car and walk behind it. The man complied but appeared to be intoxicated as he leaned on the car for support to walk.

A pat-down search turned up a lighter that appeared to be stolen from the store, an apple with three holes in it that were filled with burned marijuana and an electric scale. The man confirmed the apple was used for smoking marijuana and said he carried the scale "so I don't get ripped off when I'm buying my stuff." The officers asked what he meant by "stuff" and he said marijuana. The man said he smoked about 90 minutes earlier.

The man agreed to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests. He said he knew how to do them because he was arrested last month for DWAI. He failed the maneuvers and was arrested for further investigation of DUI. He submitted a blood test to check his system for drugs.

The store clerk said the men had yet to pay for $60 of fuel they pumped. The 22-year-old offered to pay for it with his bank card but it was declined for insufficient funds. The 20-year-old said to get money out of his wallet but it only contained $20. The clerk said the he wouldn't charge the men for fuel piracy if they paid in the next 12 hours.

The store clerk also was sure the lighter found in the man's pocket was stolen. There was one empty space on the rack that had been full before the men came in. Surveillance video also showed the man standing near the rack but there was no definitive proof he stole the lighter. He said he bought it in Eagle.

A deputy called the store 12 hours later, after the 20-year-old was booked into jail, to see if the men managed to pay for the gas. They hadn't. A store manager said the man is now banned from the store.

The 20-year-old was charged for DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and fuel piracy.

Deputies investigated a report of drunken driving on Nov. 19 and found the suspect sitting in her car parked in front of an Eagle-Vail residence.

The officers noted there was vomit near the car and the woman didn't respond to most of the questions they asked her. They asked to see her license and she said it was in the house. They escorted her to the front door and she went inside and locked them out.

Deputies persisted to knock on the door and a man answered. He said he didn't know who they were talking about and tried to close the door. An officer put her foot in the door and said she had the right to enter and look for the suspect based on the information they had but she hoped the suspect would come to the door on her own. The man went upstairs and the deputies heard talking but the man came back and said the woman was passed out. Deputies said they needed to call an ambulance. The man went back inside and the woman came to the door.

She couldn't explain the vomit and denied that she had been drinking. She said she had been at her boyfriend's in Avon and then she said they couldn't prove she had been driving. The officers said they had plenty of evidence and asked her to perform voluntary sobriety tests, which the woman refused.

She was arrested for further investigation of DUI and submitted to a blood test. She was charged for DUI and obstructing a police officer, and released into the custody of her boyfriend's mom.

Four tires were stolen from a Beaver Creek Resorts storage room around Nov. 15. Beaver Creek security officers suspect the thief is among approximately 20 employees who have the combination for the lock on the room. The tires are worth $1,000 and were labeled "vehicle 214" with yellow spray paint.

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The VailDaily Updated Nov 28, 2012 12:55PM Published Nov 28, 2012 12:52PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.