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On Nov. 26, an employee at a Beaver Creek store reported a suspected case of shoplifting.

She told deputies that a group of teenagers came in the store that day. There were five to seven of them. Some asked to see ski goggles that were in a display case. She showed them the goggles while the rest walked around, looking and touching things for about 10 minutes until they left. After they were gone, the employee noticed a pair of $30 headphones and a pair of $40 goggles were missing.

She alerted other stores in the area. Those store employees told deputies they saw the group, described as wearing skinny jeans and baseball caps with flat bills, but didn't have any trouble with them.

A deputy was driving on Interstate 70 near Avon Nov. 29 when an SUV ahead of him abruptly turned onto the exit ramp from the left lane, cutting off traffic in the right lane.

The officer contacted the 36-year-old driver at the top of the exit ramp. The man's hands were shaking and he was sweating. The deputy saw five passengers in the car but couldn't see much else because the windows were heavily tinted. No one in the car had a driver license.

The deputy found out that the driver was arrested in 2008 for human trafficking. Five more people were found in the cargo area of the SUV. All 11 people had entered the country illegally. The passengers paid the driver to take them to Ohio.

The car was towed and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took the people into custody.

The caretaker of a house on Single Tree Road in Edwards suspected someone stayed in the house illegally between Nov. 21-30.

Dishes were in the sink, beds were messed up, a sliding glass door was unlocked and other things were out of place. The caretaker told deputies she was changing all the locks on the house.

A deputy clocked a car going 115 mph on I-70 and contacted the driver getting off the interstate in Gypsum Nov. 30.

One of the teenage passengers kept fidgeting in his seat and reaching under a pile of clothes, which put the officer on guard. The deputy had the 22-year-old driver get out of the car to present his license and paperwork. The man didn't have a license.

Next, the deputy had the 19-year-old passenger get out and discovered open beer cans in the back seat. The 19-year-old and an 18-year-old were cited for possessing alcohol as minors.

The driver had a marijuana pipe in his pocket and admitted to smoking pot earlier that day. He was cited for speeding, driving without a license and with an open container of alcohol, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and driving under the influence of drugs.

On Dec. 1, a deputy chased a car that was speeding on I-70 and continued to pass cars on the exit ramp as it turned in to Eagle-Vail and almost got away.

A state trooper intercepted the car on U.S. Highway 6 and detained it until the deputy arrived. The deputy told the 22-year-old driver he almost got away. The man said he was pulling over but the deputy didn't buy it. He asked the 22-year-old why he was passing cars on the exit ramp but the man didn't have a reason.

The passenger of the car was heavily intoxicated and the driver's breath smelled of alcohol. The man agreed to voluntary roadside sobriety tests and failed. He submitted to a portable breath test and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. The car was towed and his license was revoked.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding on Highway 6 in Edwards on Dec. 1.

The officer asked the 63-year-old driver if the smell of alcohol was coming from the car or his breath. The man said he had some wine earlier.

The deputy asked him to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests. The man agreed to the tests and failed. He was arrested for further investigation of DUI and submitted to a breath test but he was only cited for speeding.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding and weaving in Gypsum on Dec. 1.

The 42-year-old driver admitted he had been drinking. He agreed to voluntary sobriety tests and failed. He was arrested for further investigation of DUI and submitted to a breath test. Two open containers of alcohol were also found in the truck.

The man was cited for DUI, speeding, weaving and driving with open containers of alcohol. He was given a ride home and released into the custody of his roommate.

A deputy pursued a car for speeding on I-70 on Dec. 2 but the car didn't pull over. It exited the interstate at Gypsum at a high speed, passed a semi truck on the right shoulder of the ramp and turned right onto Trail Gulch Road without stopping.

The officer turned on his siren and caught up to the driver. The 37-year-old man said he was from Vail and was just going for a hike. He said he didn't see the deputy trying to stop him. However, the man's insurance was expired and he had a Gypsum address.

He was cited for speeding, driving an uninsured car and attempting to elude a police officer.

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The VailDaily Updated Dec 12, 2012 12:57PM Published Dec 12, 2012 12:55PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.