Eagle bar disturbance leads up dirt road
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado –Earlier this month, Eagle police officers responding to a disturbance report at a local bar found the suspect had already fled the scene.
When officers arrived around 8:30 p.m., the bar owner produced a credit card receipt from the suspect. According to the police report, the officers noted they were acquainted with the suspect through previous contact. After searching the area around the bar, they were unable to locate the man. They then drove to his home, but he was not there, either.
The officers were returning to town, traveling southbound on Eby Creek Road when they noticed the suspect’s car traveling northbound on the same street. They activated emergency lights and began following the suspect’s vehicle. Instead of stopping, the man accelerated to 60 mph along the 30 mph roadway.
The first Eagle officer caught up with the suspect at the intersection of Eby Creek Road and Mesa Drive. The suspect had turned off his lights but the vehicle was visible as it passed a street light. The suspect continued driving, at a high rate of speed, turning on to a curvy, dark, dirt road. The officer followed, noting the suspect’s car kicked up a lot of dust, making it difficult to see. The man reportedly reached speeds of up to 65 mph while he continued driving in a reckless manner along the roadway for approximately one mile.
The suspect then turned into a driveway and abruptly stopped his car. The officer reported hearing the car door slam and the sound of someone running away from the car.
Another man exited the residence, but police told him to remain inside. A second officer then arrived and the two began to search the area. The suspect was found laying down with his hands over his head in a fenced yard. He was taken into custody without further incident and the arresting officers reported he emitted a strong odor of alcohol. His dog was found, uninjured, inside his car. Eagle County Animal Control was called to care for the dog.
When questioned, the homeowner told police he did not know the suspect and he did not recognize his car. The bar owner positively identified the suspect as the person who had caused a disturbance at his establishment.
An examination of the suspect’s car revealed some recent damage and police found pieces of plastic molding along Eby Creek Road next to a damaged post.
The man was charged with disorderly conduct, DUI, criminal trespassing, hit and run, reckless driving and vehicular eluding.