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Cop in Eagle says he has to block drunk driver

Vail Daily staff report
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, CO Colorado –An police officer on routine patrol in Eagle, Colorado, June 3 at 9:35 p.m. observed a pickup speeding eastbound on Fifth Street.

The officer followed as the driver ignored the police lights and sirens and proceeded south on Capitol Street, according to the report. The truck eventually turned into the Brush Creek Park parking lot. The driver appeared to change his mind and try to exit the lot, but the officer blocked the entrance with his patrol car.

The officer was preparing to approach the driver when he started to drive the truck forward toward the curb. The driver than put the car into reverse, squealing the tires, the report said. The officer had to put his patrol car in reverse to avoid a collision.

The driver then stopped his truck and exited the vehicle, walking toward the officer. According to the report, the police drew his weapon and instructed the driver to stop and put up his hands.

The driver complied and the officer placed him in handcuffs. The police report noted the driver was swaying and he smelled of alcohol. The officer asked the man if he had been drinking and the driver said he had consumed four beers.

The driver failed roadside sobriety tests and was taken to the Eagle County jail for a blood alcohol count test. According to the report, he initially refused to perform the test, but consented at the jail. However, he would not complete the test as instructed, instead spitting into the breathalyzer. He was arrested for driving under the influence and traffic violations.

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