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Early morning trespasser nabbed in Eagle

Eagle Valley Enterprise staff report
Eagle, CO Colorado

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

EAGLE ” Eagle cops responded to an early morning call from residents last week about a trespasser in their back yard.

When two officers arrived at 12:15 a.m., one went around the north side of the house. The other officer then observed a suspect run from the south side of the home and duck into the garage. The officer followed the suspect inside and watched him hide under a car.

Both cops told the man, a juvenile, to come out from under the car, but he refused. One of the officers then pulled him out, which made the suspect angry. The young man reportedly tried to square off against one of the officers, but the other cop approached him from behind and was able to force him to the ground. He was handcuffed and taken into custody.

A search of his clothing revealed cigarettes and a marijuana roach. The juvenile admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the evening.

The young man said he lived in Leadville and officers called his mother to pick him up. He was charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

Reverse indication

While patrolling around town earlier this month, an Eagle cop watched a vehicle sitting at Third and Broadway shift into reverse, travel backwards approximately one-half block and force another car to swerve out of the way.

The incident happened around 11 p.m. and the officer followed the vehicle to Wall Street, eventually stopping the car at U.S. Highway 6. The driver had glassy eyes and the officer suspected he had smoked marijuana. The driver initially denied that he had, but then admitted to the drug use.

The driver consented to a search of his vehicle and failed to complete roadside maneuvers. He refused a blood test.

Eagle police called in the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office drug search dog, and while the animal alerted officers about the presence of drugs in the vehicle, no illegal substances were found.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence and released to the custody of a sober friend.

Ill-timed exit

At approximately 6:30 p.m., an Eagle police officer was traveling along Chambers Avenue we he spotted a man emerge from his pickup with a can in his hand.

When the man saw the police car, he ducked back inside his vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle and asked what the man was carrying. The driver agreed to let the offer search the vehicle where he found a case of beer and seven open cans. He also spotted two guns.

The officer told the driver it was illegal to have the open cans of beer inside the car, and the driver replied they did not belong to him, but rather were consumed by people who had been passengers in his vehicle. While speaking with the man, the officer noted he had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

Because of the presence of the weapons, the officer called for backup. The driver became angry, noting that he used the weapons for hunting and he had a valid license. He refused to take a roadside sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of driving while ability impaired. He was released to his wife’s custody.

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