Gypsum man melts down in backhoe |

Gypsum man melts down in backhoe

Dustin Racioppi
Gypsum, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado ” It’s all fun and games until someone’s nearly run over with a backhoe. That’s what happened Dec. 6 in Gypsum, Colorado.

Responding to a complaint from a man that his neighbor tore up the road so bad his house guests wouldn’t be able to leave, two deputies arrived at the man’s house only to find the neighbor couldn’t care less.

He told deputies his neighbor had four-wheel drive and shouldn’t have a problem driving in and out of the driveway, which the two share. Then he headed back into the backhoe.

Deputies told him to stop, but he didn’t. The sheriff’s report said at that point it appeared as if the man was reaching for a weapon, and the deputies shouted that he was under arrest, which, again, he didn’t seem to care.

He started up the dual-bucketed machine, raised the front bucket and headed downhill, straight at one of the deputy’s, causing him to reverse and get out of the way. Then the man raised the rear bucket and started backing up towards the other deputy.

He stopped the backhoe shortly after that and addressed the commotion and yelling from the deputies outside. He poked his head out of the cab of the truck and asked if the thing pointed at him was a Taser gun. The deputy told him no, it wasn’t a Taser, it was a Glock .45 caliber and it was time for the man to get out of the backhoe and on his knees.

After a brief struggle to get the man on his knees and in handcuffs, the deputies were able to end his afternoon of tormenting people with his backhoe. But he was no less audacious once in cuffs. He offered to forget about the whole thing if the deputy would.

The deputy wouldn’t. The man was taken to the Eagle County Detention Facility and charged with obstruction of a police officer and resisting arrest.

EDWARDS ” A couple who’d been dating on and off for nearly two years may want to stick to ‘off’ from now on.

The two were arrested Dec. 5 after beating each other up.

The sheriff’s report said they had gotten into a fight in the parking a local restaurant after leaving a Christmas party. It continued outside the girlfriend’s home in Edwards.

The girlfriend told deputies she started hitting him in the head and neck. His defense, he told deputies, was to hit her in the face and grab her hair.

Authorities saw he had cuts on his face and scraped knuckles after the fight. The woman, on the other hand, had a softball-sized reminder above her eye of why the couple has an on and off relationship.

Both were arrested and charged with harassment, domestic violence and third-degree assault.

EDWARDS ” There will be no “Theme Time Radio Hour” with Bob Dylan for a while in the unfortunate case of one local man whose XM Satellite Radio was stolen from him in the wee hours of Dec. 2.

It was his friend who noticed because he watched the theft in action. According to the sheriff’s report, he saw a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and black gloves breaking into the Chevrolet Silverado parked in the Riverwalk lower garage.

When the alleged robber noticed the man, he ran away, with the radio in hand, to his own car and sped off.

Deputies were able to locate him shortly after in Wolcott, where they would charge him with theft, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglar tools, speeding, driving under restriction and first-degree criminal trespassing.

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