County Cops

Blue light special

A deputy working an overtime shift dedicated to saving lives by targeting impaired drivers was traveling westbound on Highway 6 when a vehicle with blue LED lights around the license plate passed him going eastbound.

The deputy contacted the vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot in Avon. The driver was unable to provide the deputy with a driver’s license, but gave the deputy a Mexican Consular card.

When the deputy ran the name through the system, he learned that the 29-year-old man’s Colorado license had been revoked for an alcohol offense. The driver was taken into custody without incident.

DUI grant patrol nets offender

Another deputy working overtime on DUI patrol under the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF) grant stopped a vehicle that was being driven by a 30-year-old man.

When the deputy explained the reason for the stop, the driver immediately said that he had been involved in a hit and run accident that occurred in Aspen a few weeks ago. The deputy noticed that the man had watery, bloodshot eyes and that an alcohol-odor was coming from inside the car. The man was also having trouble accessing his driver’s license.

The man said that he hadn’t had anything to drink. As the deputy was running the name through the system, another deputy was dispatched to help. When the first deputy approached the man again, he was chewing gum, and the deputy asked him if he would be willing to perform some voluntary roadside maneuvers. The man said he would comply. He then got out of the vehicle, bent down to tie his shoes and stood back up. He was unsteady on his feet and leaned back against the vehicle for stabilization.

After failing the roadside test and a breathalyzer test, the man was cited for DUI.

Phone retribution

Someone called to report that a cell phone had been stolen at a gas station in Eagle-Vail.

The person said he had pre-paid for gasoline, but didn’t get the gasoline, so he took the clerk’s cell phone as ransom, demanding his money back. The employee said that the man had come in and paid $30 for gas on pump No. 3, and she allowed the amount on the pump. Instead of immediately going to pump the gas, the man lingered in the store for a short while, browsing magazines. He then left, and returned saying he was unable to pump the gasoline. He told her then he was on pump No. 4, and the clerk realized someone else had pumped the gasoline from pump No. 3 and left.

The clerk said she couldn’t give him back his money as the gasoline was dispensed. The man grabbed the clerk’s cell phone and said he was keeping it until he got the $30.

Numerous people were in line waiting to pay as the clerk followed the man outside, telling him that she would make it right. She told him that she approved the $30 on pump No. 4, and the man responded that he didn’t believe her, and reached into her hoodie pocket and grabbed the phone again. As he walked back out, several customers in the store stopped him and made him give the phone back. As he left, a customer wrote down the license plate of the vehicle the man was driving.

The deputy located the man at his residence in Avon. The man said that the clerk approved the amount on the wrong pump and wouldn’t do anything to help him, so he took her phone.

Crimestoppers

At approximately 5p.m.on Monday, March 10 the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office received report of an armed robbery that occurred at the El Jebel Liquor Store.

The reporting party stated that a Hispanic male entered the store wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a blue bandana around his face. He pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanding that she empty the cash drawer into a plastic bag. The clerk emptied approximately $400 in cash and two checks into a plastic bag. The suspect took the money and fled the scene on foot.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, and Basalt Police Department canvased the area looking for the suspect but were unsuccessful. The suspect is described as being 5’3, of smaller build. this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.


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The VailDaily Updated Mar 12, 2014 10:21AM Published Mar 12, 2014 10:21AM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.