Arrested driver claims two college degrees in Eagle-Vail
Gypsum, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado –Police received a call Feb. 2 that a man was slumped over the steering wheel in a Chevy Tahoe stopped at the bottom of the westbound Eagle-Vail exit.
Deputies responded with fire and ambulance crews. The first deputy on the scene found the 23-year-old driver unresponsive, with his foot on the brake and engine still running. A firefighter also tried to get the man’s attention from the passenger’s side door.
Fire crews were in front of the vehicle when the man finally responded. He woke up and lifted his foot off the brake and the SUV started rolling forward. The firefighters yelled at him to stop.
When the man got out of the vehicle he appeared unsteady and smelled of alcohol. A paramedic asked how much he’d been drinking and where he was coming from. The man said he was coming from Lionshead and he’d had six beers. He later said he’d just gotten off work at a restaurant and was headed home.
As an officer asked him to do roadside maneuvers and if he had any medical problems, the man said he had two college degrees.
At first the man elected to take a blood test but then decided he’d rather do a breath test. The officer handcuffed him and prepared to take him to the Avon Police Department for the test when he found a bag of marijuana and a glass pipe on the man.
At the station, while waiting for the Intoxilyzer to warm up, the man started asking questions about the breath test. The officer told him he could lose his driver’s license for a year if he refused to take the test. The man said his attorney told him he shouldn’t have taken the test the first time he got a DUI.
The deputy began setting up the Intoxilyzer and the man continued to waffle in his decision. He reportedly said he knew he would lose his license, but asserted his attorney would take care of the charge. The officer told him eventually the Intoxilyzer would time itself out and print a deficient message if a person fails to blow. The Intoxilyzer timed out.
The man was charged for DUI and failing to present evidence of insurance as well as possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
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