Ryan Summerlin April 9, 2014
An Eagle Police officer on patrol at 1 a.m. two weeks ago spotted a station wagon traveling along Fifth Street as it failed to stop and failed to signal a left-hand turn at the intersection of Grand Avenue.
The vehicle proceeded westbound on Grand/U.S. Highway 6 and the officer initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle slowed down, but then abruptly turned onto King Road. The driver then accelerated and turned westbound onto Castle Drive without stopping at a stop sign or signaling the turn.
The vehicle continue on until it reached the dead end at Prince Alley, coming to a stop in a residential driveway. The officer verbally instructed the driver to exit the vehicle and after he repeated the instructions several times, the driver ultimately complied.
As the man got out of the car, the officer noted the driver was unsteady on his feet and was argumentative, asking why he had been pulled over. The driver disputed the officer’s statement that he had failed to stop and use turn signals.
The officer’s report noted that due to concerns about the man’s behavior, he instructed him to turn around and place his hands behind his back. The officer said he told the man he was not under arrest as he placed him in handcuffs, but the driver argued that he was being arrested. After a pat down, the officer instructed the man to sit down while he checked his identification through dispatch. The officer noted he could smell a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the man and that he had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
The man denied consuming alcohol that evening and said he had just gotten off work and taken some cold medication. He agreed to perform roadside maneuvers, which he could not complete. The officer then told the man he was being taken into custody for driving while impaired. The man state he wanted to take an actual test, and had not been given the opportunity to do so. The officer told him he was just about to give him that opportunity. The officer reported the man continued to be argumentative as he compiled with the order to enter the officer’s patrol car.
The officer then took pictures of the man’s vehicle, which had breath mints scattered on the driver’s seat and floor boards. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle registration or proof of insurance.
When presented with the Colorado Express Consent rules, the driver refused to answer whether he would elect to take a breath or blood test. He was transported to the Eagle County jail. Once he arrived at the facility, the driver said he has been hit on the head as he was trying to leave a local bar. The officer noted he was surprised the driver hadn’t mentioned the incident previously. The man continued to refuse either a breath or blood test. A check of his criminal record revealed the previous DUI arrests. He was charged with DUI, eluding, failure to stop and failure to use a turn signal. A valid insurance card was located so that charge was dropped.
Eagle Police were called to a local convenience store/gas station after a customer drove off without paying for $62.95 of fuel.
The store clerk said the driver of a gray Jeep Cherokee was acting suspiciously when he pulled in to pump gas. She said he was moving quickly and looking around. She made note of the vehicle’s license plate number.
The officer traced the license plate number to a Delta man, who had an expired driver’s license and habitual traffic offender status.
The address associated with the license plate was trace to a building that previously housed a retirement community, but had been closed and was unoccupied.
The manager of a local convenience story contacted Eagle Police last week with a report of a suspicious person on the premises.
En route to the call, the officer learned from an Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy that the individual involved had caused a disturbance at the Gypsum location of the same convenience store chain. The deputy reported that the man became belligerent to the store clerk concerning an issue with lottery tickets.
When the officer arrived at the Eagle store, the manager said a frequent customer had screamed at one of her Gypsum store employees the previous day. The employee called the sheriff’s officer but by the time a deputy arrived, the man had left. The manager said she wanted the man banned from both stores because of his behavior.
Based on the information provided, the Eagle officer was able to contact the man and tell him he was no longer welcome at the Eagle and Gypsum stores.
On March 24, an Eagle woman contacted police to report several unauthorized credit cards had been opened using her named. She discovered the issue when new card or confirmation letters were sent to her home and work.
The woman told the officer she was impacted by the Target security breach last year. She had notified her bank about the incident and she showed the officer several letters from credit card companies notifying her about new accounts. She also noted she had advised her bank about the issue and had been checking her credit score to see if it was affected.
The officer advised the woman to keep looking for discrepancies in her accounts, but noted because of the scale of the security breach, it was unlikely her case could be traced back to a single individual.