Alleged drunken driver hits child |

Alleged drunken driver hits child

EAGLE ” A suspected drunken driver hit a child with a maintenance vehicle near the Eagle County Fairgrounds about 5:30 p.m. June 16, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Police had separated the 26-year-old man ” an employee of the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District ” from the child’s parent, who was upset.

The man, who was sitting on the back of another deputy’s cruiser, was told to get off the vehicle and he almost fell over.

The man was so drunk that a deputy decided the man should not do a roadside sobriety test for the man’s safety.

The deputy later found several empty beer cans and four unopened beers and a vodka bottle in a small cooler in the back of the John Deere Gator the man had been driving.

The child was not hurt, a sheriff’s deputy was told.

The man was jailed and ticketed for driving under the influence, careless driving and possession of an ounce of marijuana or less.

EAGLE ” A $100,000 forklift was stolen from Adams Mountain Country Club sometime between 10 p.m. June 15 and the morning of June 16, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The blue Grade All forklift with 7- or 8-foot forks had been seen parked in a lot the night before, but when employees arrived for work the next morning, it was gone.

An employee had been driving the forklift the night before and its keys were not returned, a 46-year-old employee said.

Police are investigating.

EAGLE ” A woman reported that her husband hit their 18-year-old son with a hose, according to an Eagle Police Department report.

The young man confirmed the story, saying that his father came home from work, and was angry because the son’s dog was in the house.

The son took the dog, and as he started to walk away from the home, the father hit him a couple of times with a garden hose. The young man had welts on his back and arm to prove it.

The father expressed remorse and acknowledged some anger issues. The son did not want to press charges.

EDWARDS ” A man backed over two parking boots and got a felony for driving away with one in the bed of his pickup truck, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, 26, drove to Lake Creek Village Apartments and left his car to go inside his friend’s apartment the morning of June 12. He returned, backed up his car and parked it again, unknowingly breaking the $400 boot on his front driver’s-side wheel, he said.

The man returned to an apartment inside and an employee found the damaged boot, so he put another one on, an employee said.

The man returned to his vehicle, backed up and the second boot broke. He placed it in his pickup truck and left. He failed to return the boot because he already was late for work, he said.

The man turned himself in and was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor theft and felony criminal mischief.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this article.

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