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Attack of ATM lands suspect in slammer

Matt Zalaznick

A man who allegedly kicked a Vail Village nightclub1s ATM machine to pieces Monday was spotted by bouncers<but he told police he was wrongly accused.A bouncer told police he was downstairs when he heard the sound of banging and breaking wood around 11:45 p.m. The bouncer ran up the nightclub stairs and saw a young man kicking the wooden structure that encases the money machine.The wood appeared to be splintered and broken where the man was kicking it.The bouncer told the man not to kick the ATM again but the man said he wasn1t going to stop his assault of the inanimate object. But when the man realized the bouncer was an employee of the nightclub, he halted his attack.The bouncer detained the 21-year-old man until police arrived. Though the bouncer was definite the man had done the damage to the ATM, the man told officers he was innocent.He said that he was leaving the nightclub when a person walking up the stairs in front of him attacked the ATM. The man insisted the was no way he was responsible for the destruction.But the man was arrested on suspicion of criminal injury to property. About $75 worth of damage was done to wooden structure holding the ATM.Passed out passengerA 19-year-old Illinois man found passed out on a bus from Vail to Avon Tuesday got in some trouble for what he was allegedly carrying in his pocket.The bus driver called police around 12:50 a.m., to tell police there was an passenger he couldn1t wake up.When Avon officers met the bus at the Avon Center, the man was awake and sitting up. He told them he1d been at a concert in Vail. When he reached in his pocket to find his identification, officers allegedly spotted a Colorado driver1s license that didn1t belong to him.The man then admitted he had a small marijuana pipe in his pocket. He said he found the driver1s license but allegedly admitted to using it to buy some beers at the concert in Vail.The man was given a summons to appear in court on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.Path pinchA man allegedly smoking a joint while out for a stroll in Avon last week got in some hot water when he walked right past a police officer.An officer saw the man walking down the path behind the Seasons Building around 5:50 p.m., March 22. It appeared to the officer that he was smoking marijuana.When the officer approached the man, near the entrance to Nottingham Park, he no longer had the joint he1d allegedly been smoking. But the 35-year-old man apparently had no desire to trick the officer.He allegedly admitted to not only smoking the joint and discarding it but also told the cop he had some more marijuana in his backpack. The cop searched the man1s backpack and the man apparently was right.The officer said he found a plastic bag with what appeared to be marijuana in it.The man received a summons to appear in court on a charge of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana.Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 606 or via e-mail at

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