Heisman poser jailed in ice vandalism
Vail, CO Colorado
Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.
VAIL ” A man played Heisman Trophy winner and broke a $5,000 ice sculpture in Vail as well as stealing several bottles of wine, Vail police said.
Police originally learned the man stole several bottles of wine from a liquor store. They found 500 bottles in his house, at least 12 of which the man admitted to stealing. He felt the liquor store ” his former employer ” owed him money.
In a separate case, the cops heard from a cab driver the man boasted about breaking the Slifer, Smith and Frampton ice sculpture in Vail Village because he works for a rival real estate company. When the wine case went down, the police questioned the man about the sculpture.
The man was out that night to celebrate a friend’s birthday and Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith’s Heisman win. The man told police he dropped back for a pass and threw an ice ball at the sculpture, breaking it.
Police arrested the man Dec. 15 for multiple thefts in a six month period and criminal mischief.
GYPSUM ” A drunk man tried to elude deputies, then was shot with a Taser gun while naked Dec. 16, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s report.
A deputy found the man ” suspected of driving drunk ” at a stop sign. The deputy followed the man, who drove on the wrong side of the road and turned without using a signal.
The deputy turned his lights on, but the man continued along until he pulled into his driveway. The man jumped out and ran while the deputy drew his gun and yelled “Sheriff’s Office, stop” several times.
The man went into his garage and threw his keys before running into the house. The man’s son came out the front door and the deputy told him to get his father. The kid came back and told the deputy his father was in the bathroom.
The deputy holstered his gun and went inside with another deputy. They found the man naked in the bathroom and he refused to come out. The deputy grabbed his arm, but the man pulled away and got into the shower.
He ignored further commands so the second deputy shot him with a Taser gun.
The man was arrested on charges of driving drunk, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, driving with a revoked license, careless driving and attempting to elude a police officer.
EAGLE-VAIL ” A speeding driver on Interstate 70 spun and slammed into a deputy patrol truck Dec. 12, causing minor injuries to the deputy, according to a Sheriff’s report.
The deputy parked facing east on the Interstate 70 median in Eagle-Vail to catch westbound speeders. Two cars traveling 87 mph in a 60 mph zone came around a bend. The lead car saw the deputy, hit the brakes and began to move into the right lane.
The second driver swerved into the right lane, but overcorrected to the left to miss the lead car. The second car spun 180 degrees while bearing down on the deputy.
The deputy tried to move, but and braced for the crash. The second car collided with the patrol truck. Several people stopped to make sure the driver and deputy were alright. Both were relatively OK, although the deputy complained of a sore torso and dizziness.
The driver was cited for speeding and careless driving resulting in an injury. The first car never was found.
GYPSUM ” A couple of teenagers had some trouble with psychedelic mushrooms Dec. 11, but didn’t have any nuclear bombs, according to a Sheriff’s report.
The two ate five to six mushrooms apiece to celebrate one of them going away. A deputy showed up after someone called concerned about the two. One teenager approached the deputy carrying an open jar of peanut butter with a cologne bottle stuck inside.
The other teenager complained he was dying. He had tears in his eyes, a beet-red face and was spitting out white chunks of something.
The deputy asked if the two had any guns, knives or nuclear bombs. One had a pipe, but no weapons of mass destruction.
The deputy released the first teenager to his father and took the second teenager to the hospital and later arrested him for unlawful use of a controlled substance.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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