Blown tire leads to brawl |

Blown tire leads to brawl

Dawn Witlin
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado – A Costco customer apparently assaulted the 45-year-old manager of the store because they didn’t have his tire in stock Aug. 4, police said.

The 47-year-old man told police he’d blown a tire on his way home to Kansas and the store had run out of his particular size.

Witnesses told police the man asked to speak to the manager, claiming his warranty should cover the cost to repair the tire.

“I should beat your (expletive),” the Kansas man allegedly said when the manager refused to honor the warranty.

A tire shop employee told police the irate customer then grabbed the manger and threw him across the store’s parking lot.

The man and his daughter told police he had simply tripped and bumped into the manager.

Police said the man asked for the manager’s name, intending to report him to the store’s corporate office.

After the manager gave his name, police said the man asked “Is your name spelled with a P as in ‘prick?'”

The manger said that kind of language isn’t tolerated and the customer shoved him in the chest with both hands, police said.

The customer was arrested, charged with third degree assault.

Police said as they explained the man’s citation, he said the manger would be changing his story once he made a few phone calls.

The customer later recanted the remark, police said, blaming the comment on a long, hot day and too many Mountain Dews.

GYPSUM – A 19-year-old man who had been pulled over for speeding Aug. 4, was handed drug possession charges after police detected a strong resin smell emanating from his registration and insurance papers.

The man was storing the documents in center compartment on his dash, right next to his regularly used glass pot pipe, police said.

The man promptly admitted having the pipe and a little less than an ounce of marijuana under the driver’s seat.

The man was arrested, charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

BEAVER CREEK – Someone ransacked a maid’s closet at the Hyatt Hotel in Beaver Creek Aug. 4, police said.

The hotel manager told police someone had entered the employee hallway, and tossed sheets around the hallway.

Police said someone also rammed a maid’s cart into a pay phone in the hallway, ripping it from the wall.

There was no sign of forced entry to the hallway or the closet, police said.

Police also a found broken bottle of Absolut vodka and a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey sitting up in a tree outside the hotel.

Police said they aren’t sure if the incidents are related, but advised the manager to check for missing alcohol at the hotel. The hotel estimated damages to the pay phone at $500.

CARBONDALE – A bartender was punched in the face by an angry patron at the Short Stop bar on his day off Aug. 1, police said.

Witnesses told police the man was starting fights with the bar patrons.

The bartender and another employee attempted to kick the man out of the bar for starting fights with the other patrons, police said.

The belligerent man allegedly hit the 29-year-old bartender in the face, giving him a swollen lip.

Several other bystanders jumped in to pry the ornery 37-year-old man from the bartender, according to police.

Police said the man was heavily intoxicated, had slurred speech and was unable to stand still.

The man told police he didn’t fight anyone and the bartender had pushed him out of the bar.

The bartender didn’t want to press charges against his drunken attacker for assault, but police charged the man with disorderly conduct and released him.

EL JEBEL – A woman who became enraged when her boyfriend wouldn’t pick her up from work showed up at his door and tried to break in Aug. 5, police said.

The 23-year-old woman allegedly pounded at her boyfriend’s door and took the screens off his back windows in attempts to break in.

The woman was staring blankly at a wall in the backyard, her hair frayed and disheveled, when they arrived.

Her 26-year-old boyfriend had told the woman he was too sick to pick her up from work that evening, she told police.

The woman said she went to her boyfriend’s home to check on him, where she heard him singing and spotted him happily jaunting around the house.

When he refused to let her in, she tried to get in through the boyfriend’s back window.

The boyfriend told police she “acts crazy and yells,” when she gets upset.

Police arrested the woman, charging her with domestic violence, criminal mischief and harassment.

Staff Writer Dawn Witlin can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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