Police reports: Man charged with DUI in Edwards parking lot
Ryan Summerlin December 19, 2011
Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.
EDWARDS, Colorado – A deputy was patrolling a parking lot near a bar in Edwards on Dec. 3 when he saw a truck back into a parking spot.
There were two men in the truck who stayed inside while the deputy watched them for five minutes.
When the officer contacted the 30-year-old driver, he saw that the keys were in the ignition and the radio was on. The man said he and the passenger had been drinking at the bar and were waiting for someone to pick them up.
The deputy observed the man to display signs of intoxication and asked him to perform voluntary roadside tests. The man did not perform the maneuvers to the officer’s satisfaction and was taken into custody for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The man was friendly and cooperative, and submitted to a blood test, but he insisted he wasn’t driving. The deputy explained that the key in the ignition with the radio on constitutes physical control of the vehicle.
The man was cited for DUI and released to a sober friend.
DOTSERO, Colorado – Deputies were dispatched to a home in Dotsero on a report that a father and daughter were arguing on Dec. 2.
The father left the house in a pickup truck before the officers arrived. A deputy located the truck on U.S. Highway 6 and contacted the 52-year-old suspect, who denied that anything happened at his house.
The man said he didn’t have any form of identification on him and verbally identified himself with what turned out to be an inaccurate name and birth date.
The officer noticed the man displayed signs of intoxication and asked him to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers. The man was then arrested for further investigation of DUI.
The man did not cooperate with breath tests at the jail, where it was discovered that he did have proper ID and that he had 12 previous DUI charges and convictions.
The man’s driver’s license was revoked as a habitual traffic offender, and he was charged with criminal impersonation, as well. His daughter decided not to press charges for the domestic incident.
EAGLE, Colorado – An Eagle man said someone stole specially fabricated aluminum parts for a photo booth from a van parked in town over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The owner of the photo booths reported the thefts on Dec. 5. He told Eagle Police that he and his wife left town Nov. 18 for the Thanksgiving holiday and that he left some parts for a photo booth installation in his van. The aluminum parts were left in plain sight in the van, next to a spare tire. The man said he thought he locked his van when he left it at a parking area on East Third Street.
When the couple returned to town on Nov. 30, the man discovered the parts were missing when he arrived at a customer’s business to install a photo booth. He said the spare tire had been moved in his van.
The police report noted there was no sign of forced entry into the vehicle. The man said the parts are custom made and valued at $1,000.
There are no leads in the case.
EAGLE, Colorado – At 10 p.m. Dec. 3, an Eagle man contacted police to report someone had vandalized his outdoor Christmas decorations.
The man said that some of his lighted candy-cane decorations had been stolen and another row had been destroyed with the lights ripped out. The homeowner said the vandalism happened between 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 3.
Police noted footprints in the snow coming from the end of the street into the man’s yard and then continuing eastward from his property.
There are no leads in the case.
• Ten car batteries worth $10 each and some scrap aluminum valued at $200 were stolen from a storage lot on U.S. Highway 6 in Gypsum between Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. The thefts occurred on two separate occasions.
• A resident on Crazy Horse Circle in Edwards noticed that his garage door had been dented between Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. The damage was estimated at $1,000.
• A town of Gypsum employee reported vandalism to the water tower south of Sky Legends in early December. It appeared that someone removed barbed wire from the top of a perimeter fence to gain access and spray paint graffiti on the tower. The cost to repaint the tower is estimated to be $100.
Eagle Police reported several items have been turned over to the department during the past few weeks:
• On Nov. 30, a black Big Bertha Callaway golf bag was found along Whiting Road. There were no other items found with the bag.
• On Dec. 5, an Eagle resident turned in a cooler that he found next to the recycling bins at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Inside the Dumpster was a refreezable ice pack, two cellphone chargers, an LED flashlight, a padlock key, a windshield mount for an undetermined device and miscellaneous paperwork for “Chesapeake Drilling .” There was no identifying information for the cooler.
• On Dec. 3, a resident reported a suspicious package at the Brush Creek Terrace Park. When an Eagle Police officer investigated, he found three backpacks on the ground. He was able to trace the backpacks to their respective owners.