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Cops: Man threatened with Taser on Beaver Creek bus

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” A drunken man who reached into the trash for his bottle of liquor after an undercover police officer threw it away was threatened with a Taser, authorities said.

The man, 24, got on the bus and pulled out a bottle of Bacardi from his jacket. The undercover Avon Police officer took the bottle from the man and put it in the trash. The man removed the bottle and told the officer he was going to keep it.

The officer told the man he was a police officer and grabbed the man’s wrist when the man tried to walk with the bottle to the back of the bus. The officer tried to handcuff the man, who continued to walk away.

Then the officer threatened the man with a Taser by holding it on the the man’s leg. The man asked the officer not to Taser him and stopped resisting. He was handcuffed.

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Some marijuana and several open bottles of alcohol were found later in his pants and backpack.

The man was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, having an open container and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Earlier in March, police announced that an attack on a bus driver as well as verbal abuse and drunkenness led them to place undercover officers on some bus routes.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” A resident left her propane barbecue on overnight, starting a fire that caused about $10,000 in damage to her townhome.

The fire spread from the grill on a deck outside into a hole in the wall of a townhome at Pines Townhomes, said Deputy Chief of Operations John Willson, of the Eagle River Fire Protection District. The woman had left her gas grill going since at least 3:30 p.m. March 12, and the fire burned probably most of the evening, he said.

A fire alarm went off, and 14 firefighters came to the townhome about 7 a.m. the next day, he said. They found that water from a pipe inside the wall that had melted had already put out most of the fire, he said. No one was injured.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” A mother was ticketed after she bit her son, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The boy had been in trouble one day at an elementary school. The mother picked him up and took him to her office, where she told him to write “I will respect my teacher,” several times, the boy said. The boy refused, and his mother bit him on his chest, he said.

The mother said the boy threw a tantrum that lasted four hours in her office. As the boy sat in a chair, he was trying to kick her and pinch her, so she bit him, she said.

The mother was ticketed on a misdemeanor child-abuse charge.

EAGLE, Colorado ” A Rifle teenager drove as fast as 120 mph when he led police on a car chase as a 3-year-old sat in the back seat, according to Eagle Police.

The teen sped past a police officer on Interstate 70 as the teen’s 18-year-old girlfriend slept and her 3-year-old sat in a car seat.

The teen went faster when an officer followed and turned on his emergency lights. Sheriff’s deputies stopped the teen with a roadblock at the Gypsum exit.

The teen said he fled because he didn’t have a driver’s license and didn’t want to lose his car. He was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, speeding and vehicular eluding.

EAGLE, Colorado ” A resident of Second Street who shoveled snow into the street after a plow drove by was told to stop.

Workers told the police, and police told the man to stop so that ice would not build up on the street.

EAGLE, Colorado ” Four $120 “elk crossing” signs have been stolen from Brush Creek Road since January.

The town tried to stop the thefts with tamper-proof bolts, but thieves started damaging the signposts.

Anybody who can help find the signs is asked to call the Eagle Police at 328-6351.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this report. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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