Balloons betray driver |

Balloons betray driver

Aspen Times Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

BASALT, Colorado ” Note to all revelers: You will definitely capture the attention of cops on DUI patrol if you drive down Highway 82 trailing a bunch of helium-filled balloons.

Case in point ” a midvalley man who was returning home in the Basalt area from a birthday party in El Jebel early Sunday morning.

The man was eastbound in front of the Willits Town Center when he encountered Sgt. Stu Curry of the Basalt Police Department. Curry estimated there were about 30 balloons spilling out the window of a vehicle and attached to more balloons in the backseat.

He was curious about what was going on so he turned around and followed. He pulled the vehicle over after the string broke and released some of the balloons.

“A big chunk floated right back and hit my windshield,” he said.

Curry said the driver didn’t know why he was pulled over. When told about the balloons he explained that he was returning home from a birthday party in El Jebel. The man allegedly displayed signs he’d been drinking and failed roadside sobriety tests, according to Curry’s report.

Eliodoro Diazdarriga-Arana, 38, was taken to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office substation, where his blood-alcohol content allegedly tested at 0.140. He was arrested for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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