County Cops

Shouldn’t be the designated driver

A deputy noticed an SUV speeding in Minturn so he activated his lights and pulled over the driver.

The deputy asked the 45-year-old male driver for his license, registration and insurance. The man’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and he smelled of alcohol. There were other passengers in the car with him. When asked where he was coming from, the man told the deputy that they were coming from dinner and that he only had one glass of wine.

After clearing the man’s information through dispatch, the man was asked to do some roadside to maneuvers to which he replied, “I’m just trying to get home. I’m going to have to say no. I have to protect my rights.” Upon further investigation, the man was arrested. The man then asked the deputy if he could have his father-in-law drive the rest of the passengers home.

After checking the older man’s level of intoxication, the deputy determined he was sober and he was allowed to drive everyone home. The man told the deputy that it didn’t seem right because his father-in-law had consumed as much to drink as he had. Then he told the deputy that he had a beer before that so maybe that was the difference.

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Missing poles

A 29-year-old woman called in to report that her ski poles had been stolen near Vail Mountain.

A deputy was dispatched, along with a German interpreter, to the scene. When they arrived, the women told them that she was vacationing from Germany, and that she had left a pair of ski poles outside of a restaurant, where she went in to eat. After returning from lunch, she found that someone had taken her ski poles.

The woman said she contacted the ski patrol and safety team, but no one had turned in the poles. She told the deputy that she wanted to file a report for insurance purposes. The poles were valued at about $150.

Speeding reveals drug cache

A deputy noticed a vehicle speeding near Vail on Interstate 70. Once the deputy got the vehicle pulled over, he approached the 20-year-old female driver and 20-year-old male passenger.

The deputy asked the driver if she had been smoking marijuana, noting the vehicle smelled of burned marijuana. She denied smoking weed. The passenger told the deputy that he had been smoking it as she was driving. The deputy asked the man how old he was and he said he was 20. The deputy asked him if he carried a medical marijuana card, and he replied that he did, but that he didn’t have it with him.

The deputy asked the man for other identification but he replied he didn’t have any. Upon further investigation, the deputy found $2,500 in cash, drugs, and a loaded Glock 27 hand gun inside the vehicle. He also found two digital scales and a pint of alcohol.

The woman was released with a summons and the man was booked on various charges, including violation of a restraining order.

Show me the radar

A deputy pulled over a 60-year-old man for speeding.

The man demanded to see the deputy’s radar screen and the the deputy complied with the request. The man admitted to the deputy that he was uninsured, but that he made arrangements for someone to pick him up.

The driver was ticketed and the vehicle was towed.

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