After receiving a REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) report of a vehicle headed westbound on U.S. Highway 6 at approximately 5 p.m. Nov. 7, an Eagle Police officer stationed himself at the intersection of Nogal Road to see if the suspect vehicle passed by the area.
According to the dispatch information, the vehicle had been swerving in and out of lanes and nearly struck a guardrail. A pickup truck matching the REDDI description came to the location where the officer was stationed. The officer pulled out behind the vehicle and reported seeing the truck pass over the white shoulder line on the right side of the road.
The officer eventually caught up with the vehicle at the intersection of Second and Capitol streets and pulled over the driver on Third Street. When the officer asked if the driver had anything to drink, the man replied “a bunch of Mountain Dew.” He denied having any alcohol, but the officer noted the driver had slurred speech and there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck.
The officer explained the REDDI report and the driver agreed to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers. When he failed to perform the tests, the officer told him he was under arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver agreed to a breath test, which showed a blood alcohol count of .255, more that three times the legal limit.
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Failed to stop, drinking
On Nov. 12, an Eagle Police officer was traveling west on Brush Creek Road near the intersection with Capitol when he observed a vehicle that failed to stop at the intersection stop sign.
The officer pulled in behind the car and the officer reported the vehicle nearly struck the guard rail only to swerve back onto the road. He initiated a traffic stop and the car pulled over on the grass between the road and the bike path, south of the Brush Creek Pavilion.
When the officer approached the driver, he noted the man was visibly intoxicated with flushed, red and watery eyes, with a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle.
The driver was unable to produce a license or registration and due to a language barrier, he did not understand instructions for roadside sobriety maneuvers. He was transported to the Eagle County jail where a deputy could help with translation services.
The man failed the maneuvers and agreed to a breath test. His blood alcohol count was .225.
He was arrested for DUI and cited for failure to stop.
Police were called to the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Training Facility on Nov. 8 on a report of a motor vehicle accident that had occurred some time between Nov. 4 and Nov. 7. A vehicle had apparently used the facility’s parking lot to turn around but in the process had run over a tree and a cement drainage ditch, causing damage to both. While no one saw the incident, tire tracks at the site suggest a tractor-trailer was involved.
An Eagle County School District bus driver reported that on Nov. 15, a vehicle failed to heed his stop lights while he was dropping off students along Sylvan Lake Road. Police tracked down the suspect vehicle from the description provided by the bus driver. The motorist disputed the driver’s account of the incident. The officer informed her she could present her version of the incident in municipal court. She was cited for failure to stop for a school bus.