Ryan Summerlin July 2, 2014
An officer responding to a report of a vehicle break-in in progress met up with a furry culprit.
The original call came in at approximately 10:30 p.m. and while en route to the call, dispatch informed the officer that a bear was responsible for smashing though the window of a car parked at a local motel.
When he arrived on the scene, the officer spotted a young black bear attempting to get inside the rear passenger window of a parked sedan. The animal had shattered the window.
The officer grabbed his shotgun and yelled at the bear in an attempt to scare off the animal. The bear rounded the vehicle and then ran away.
The officer walked over to the vehicle to assess the damage and found there were two small dogs inside the car. The dogs were visibly shaking and there were glass fragments scattered around the passenger side of the vehicle. There were also muddy paw prints on the vehicle’s hood, roof and windshields. When the officer spoke with the vehicle’s owner, he noted there was a cooler with some food inside of it, inside of the car. The owner was advised to remove the cooler from the car and take the dogs inside the hotel room.
A short while later, another Eagle officer saw the same bear run across Eby Creek Road toward the Kum N Go. The bear attempted to get into the business dumpster. The officer again scared off the bear but later spotted him as he attempted to get in another business dumpster.
Eagle Police notified Colorado Parks and Wildlife about the problem bear.
Wrong way DUI
At around 2 a.m. an Eagle Police officer on routine patrol noted a SUV facing the wrong way at the one-way entrance to the Loaf N Jug on Eby Creek Road.
Because the entrance is clearly marked for one-way, southbound access, the officer decided to contact the driver. As he was approaching, the officer saw the SUV driver drive the wrong way out the access and then proceed to the eastbound Interstate 70 access ramp. The officer initiated a traffic stop.
As he approached the vehicle, the officer observed an open beer can in the front cup holder and reported a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the car. When he spoke with the driver, the officer said the man had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. The man produced a Mexican driver’s licence, but said he had been living in Colorado for six years. He also provided proof of insurance and the vehicle registration.
The man agreed to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers, which he did not pass. He was taken to the Eagle County Jail for a breath test. The test result revealed a blood alcohol level of .103, over the .08 limit for DUI.
The man was charged with DUI, driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, driving the wrong way on a one-way roadway and open container.
Police stopped a man traveling 40 miles per hour along the section of Sylvan Lake Road marked as a 25 mph zone. The man said he had only recently moved to Eagle and did not know the various speed limits around town. When police ran the man’s information through dispatch, they discovered his Colorado license was revoked. He was taken to the Eagle County Jail and cited for driving with a revoked license and speeding
Eagle Public Works staff members reported vandalism at the Town Park restrooms. The vandals spray painted in the men’s restroom and the estimated cost for clean up is $400.