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February 20, 2013
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A deputy stopped a car in Eagle Feb. 3 for having windows tinted too dark.

The 32-year-old driver presented a New Mexico license that turned out to be fake. When the officer ran it through the computer system he saw two identities for what appeared to be the same man. The appearance and birthdays matched and the names were similar. The second identity belonged to a Gypsum resident whose license was suspended for driving without insurance.

The 32-year-old denied that he ever lived in Gypsum but his friend in the car confirmed that he was the same man with the suspended license.

The man was arrested for criminal impersonation, possessing a fake ID, driving under restraint and having windows tinted too dark.

Deputies responded to a 911 call at a Gypsum liquor store Feb. 3.

The three suspects were gone by the time they arrived but there were enough witnesses to identify them. Eventually all the men were contacted and the story started to piece together.

A 49-year-old man came out of the store and saw a 24-year-old man harassing his daughter inside the car. The 49-year-old's daughter told the 24-year-old to stop and he wouldn't.

The 49-year-old confronted the 24-year-old. A 27-year-old stepped in and told the 49-year-old he was going to defend his friend. The older man said he was defending his daughter.

The 49-year-old told deputies that the 27-year-old hit him and then he fought back. Witnesses said the two young men were on top of the older man when they broke up the fight.

The 27-year-old initially lied about being there. Then he admitted he was involved and said the older man started it and broke his $400 glasses. A deputy told him to take it up with the judge in court.

The 24-year-old denied any knowledge of what happened despite the witness statements. Both young men were cited for assault.

A deputy stopped a car in Edwards after she saw it make a left turn through a red light without using a turn signal on Feb. 2.

The 27-year-old driver passed a parking lot and stopped in the middle of the road as it entered the bridge on Edwards Access Road. The man had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He had trouble understanding the officer's instructions to go to the parking lot of a nearby gas station.

At the gas station, the man said he had two beers while watching soccer at his cousin's house. He agreed to voluntary roadside sobriety tests and failed. A search of his car turned up some open containers of alcohol.

The man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an open container, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to use a turn signal.

A deputy stopped a 37-year-old man for speeding on Interstate 70 in Avon Feb. 3.

The man appeared to be under the influence of something as he handed his license to the officer. His eyes were red and droopy, he seemed to lack coordination and avoided eye contact. The deputy asked where the marijuana was. The man paused and said, "Crap." He told her it was in the driver-side door and a pipe was under the seat.

The man agreed to voluntary sobriety tests and failed. He submitted to a blood test and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Officers searched the car and only found the pipe under the seat, which they left in place.

On the way to jail, the man asked the deputy how she determined he was DUID. He said he had been a chronic smoker since age 16 and thought he drove better after smoking pot.

The officer noted in her report that the man was able to move and speak better as time passed.

Deputies had just completed a traffic stop in Beaver Creek Feb. 4 when a car sped by in front of them, going 54 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officers pursued the car, which made no indication of stopping for a minute before finally pulling over.

The 22-year-old driver appeared very intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. He repeated several times that he was willing to cooperated. He spoke thick-tongued and his reactions were delayed.

The man agreed to voluntary sobriety tests and failed. He submitted a breath test and was arrested for DUI and speeding.

An 18-year-old passenger in the car was also intoxicated but denied drinking until the officers found two beer cans in his coat pocket. He was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

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The VailDaily Updated Feb 20, 2013 01:02PM Published Feb 20, 2013 01:01PM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.