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A deputy saw a car driving slow at irregular speeds on I-70 near Eagle on Dec. 4.

The car had its emergency flashers on. The officer drove up behind it to assist the driver but the car continued for a little while before erratically swerving left to right and coming to a dramatic stop off the side of the road.

The deputy saw the driver drop some dark objects out the window. The driver also held both hands outside the window in a manner of surrendering as the deputy approached.

The officer nearly tripped over one of the objects that had been dropped out the window. The items turned out to be black socks filled with methamphetamine. A meth pipe was on the seat and a hand gun was on the floorboard. The 22-year-old man admitted he had a suspended license, was on probation and had smoked meth earlier.

He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon as a convicted felon and driving under the influence of drugs.

A deputy helped investigate a car accident in Beaver Creek on Dec. 5 while state patrol officers made their way to the scene. Beaver Creek security officers asked the deputy to respond because a 27-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and was acting aggressively.

The man got increasingly frustrated that state patrol was taking so long. He said he had to pee. The deputy escorted him to a nearby restroom but the man walked faster and the officer had to catch up.

The man started across the lobby of the building toward the restrooms. The officer told him to wait because he had to search the man for weapons or evidence before he went into the bathroom alone. The man got upset, consented to a pat-down and then slammed a door, causing damage.

The man entered the wrong door, however. He had walked past the bathrooms and into a hallway, where the deputy found him and handcuffed him.

After assisting the handcuffed man in the bathroom, the deputy escorted the man back through the lobby. The deputy told the man to wait there while the damaged door was inspected but the man became combative. He pushed against the officer and yelled until he was physically subdued.

The deputy cited him for disorderly conduct.

A deputy stopped a car in Gypsum Dec. 6 because the tint on its windows was too dark.

The officer smelled marijuana in the car as he investigated the windows. The 21-year-old driver said he smoked a couple hours earlier and agreed to voluntary roadside sobriety tests, which he failed.

The officer smelled alcohol on the man's breath as he arrested him. A search of the car turned up an open beer can and an apple that had been converted into a marijuana pipe.

The man submitted to a blood test and was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, an illegal window tint and driving with an open container of alcohol.

The manager of an apartment complex in Avon called deputies about a 23-year-old man who was up to no good Dec. 7.

The man had strung heavy duty wire across the entrance to the complex and a car was damaged when it drove in.

The man was putting trees and rocks on the railroad tracks when deputies caught up to him. The man refused to identify himself but an officer knew him from a previous contact.

A a marijuana pipe and less than an ounce of marijuana was found on the suspect, who was arrested for criminal tampering.

A deputy stopped a car for speeding in Edwards on Dec. 8 and found the 36-year-old man's license was suspended for missed child support payments. The deputy took the man's license away and cited him for driving with a suspended license and speeding.

A deputy passed a parked car on Eagle Street in Gypsum Dec. 10 and saw that the driver was slumped over.

The officer saw the man look up after he went by, so the deputy parked and watched the man. The man repeatedly looked up, as if checking his surroundings, and then looked down.

The deputy contacted the 19-year-old man and noted the car smelled of marijuana. The man said he had his "sister's piece." He handed over a container with a pipe and marijuana. He was cited for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

A stop sign went missing on Gold Dust Drive in Edwards and turned up by a home Dec. 9.

A woman told a deputy that she saw a boy who looked about 10 or 12 years old a couple days before. He was dragging the sign off and put it back when he was confronted. The witness thought the sign post was already loose in the ground because the boy didn't look big enough to pull it out.

A deputy saw a truck make a right turn onto Edwards Access Road when a pedestrian was trying to cross on Dec. 12.

The deputy stopped the truck and contacted the 27-year-old driver. The man's license was suspended for a DUI. He was arrested for driving under restraint and making a right turn where prohibited by a sign.

• The window of a house on Catfish Circle in Dotsero appeared to have been shot out by a BB gun between Nov. 21-29. The damage was estimated at $500. Neighbors said a lot of kids play in the area.


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The VailDaily Updated Dec 19, 2012 01:02PM Published Dec 19, 2012 12:57PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.