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Not going to make it to work

On May 29, an Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol, driving westbound on Cooley Mesa Road at approximately 7:45 a.m. when he clocked a pickup truck traveling at approximately 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The deputy turned around and pulled over the driver. The man said he was headed to work. The deputy asked for his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance but the man said he did not have a valid license and that his insurance was revoked because of a DUI. He handed the deputy a Colorado ID card.

After running the man’s information through dispatch, the deputy learned his driver’s status was revoked due to an alcohol arrest refusal. The Department of Motor Vehicles also noted there were three additional charges pending against his license status.

The deputy again approached the man and informed him that he was under arrest for driving while his license was revoked. He was handcuffed, transported and booked without incident.

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Really REDDI

On May 25, and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) report from a Gypsum business.

When the deputy was en route, an employee from the business said a visibly intoxicated man was trying to purchase fuel for his truck. The employee said the man was slurring his speech, having difficulty standing and balancing. The man was also having difficultly operating the fuel pump.

The deputy arrived on scene and saw a truck matching the description leaving the area. He pulled over the driver.

After approaching the vehicle, the deputy found the driver was the only person in the truck. The man appeared to be eating something, but when he opened the truck door, the deputy found that the man had several cigarettes in his mouth and was chewing the filters and the tobacco.

The deputy noted a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the man’s vehicle and he noted that the driver was unsteady. The deputy asked for the man’s license, registration and insurance information. The man replied that he did not have a driver’s license.

The man was instructed to exit his vehicle. He was unable to provide information about his birth date and the deputy reported his speech was slurred. When asked how much alcohol he consumed, the man said he only had one beer.

The deputy requested translation assistance from an officer with the Eagle Police and the driver agreed to voluntary roadside maneuvers. He could not complete the tests. A roadside breath test showed he had a blood alcohol content of .189.

The man was taken to the Eagle County jail for another breath test, which showed a final reading of .198, more than twice the legal limit. The man was charged with DUI, DUI per se and driving without a valid license.

Cracked windshield prompts arrest

A deputy was on patrol in the Gypsum area around 7:45 p.m. on May 22 when he noted a vehicle with a severely broken windshield drive by. The deputy also noticed that the driver was a women with a suspended license that he knew from previous contacts.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and asked the female driver to step out of the vehicle with her license, registration and insurance information. The woman replied that she did not have a license, but offered her other documentation. She asked about the reason for the stop, and the deputy pointed to her “badly cracked windshield.”

The woman told the deputy that she did not believe that he saw the windshield was cracked when he initiated the traffic stop. The deputy again instructed her to exit the vehicle. The deputy’s report said that the woman then grabbed what appeared to be a bag of marijuana and tucked it between the center console and the passenger seat. The officer and another deputy, who had arrived on the scene, both stated the marijuana was clearly visible.

The deputy confirmed that the woman’s license was revoked. The deputy also confirmed that the woman was coming from the home of a person who has been identified as a methamphetamine supplier.

After contacting dispatch, the deputy learned the woman had a warrant from Mesa County for drug possession and theft. He also found out she had a protective order that prohibited her from possessing or consuming marijuana without a prescription. The woman was also on probation.

The deputy advised the woman that she was under arrest and reported that she was very argumentative and physically uncooperative. The officers reported that she hit her heaSWd on the hood of the patrol car and in the patrol car cage on the way to the jail.

A search of her vehicle uncovered 6 grams of marijuana and .8 grams of methamphetamine. The woman was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, violation of a restraining order, driving while her license was suspended and a traffic violation for the obstructed windshield.

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