Line for pool game stirs temper |

Line for pool game stirs temper

Matt Zalaznick

A doorman at the bar said he was escorting an unidentified man out of the bar around 11:55 p.m. on April 12 when the man reached over and punched another customer in the mouth.

The doorman told police he was ejecting the man because he thought a fight was about to start.

The victim told police he was racking the balls for a pool game when the unidentified man told him it was his turn to play next. But four other people said it was the victim’s turn. The man then allegedly took a swing at the victim but missed.

Police said that’s when the bouncer stepped in and started to drag the man out of the bar. While being thrown out, the unidentified man allegedly reached over the bouncer and punched the victim, who told police he was OK.

The alleged assailant, whom nobody in the bar recognized, walked away from the bar after he was thrown out, according to the police report.

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Bridge brawl

Three men involved in a large brawl in Vail Village one night last week were charged on suspicion of disorderly conduct, police said.

A Vail police officer spotted a group of people fighting on East Meadow Drive shortly before 11:30 p.m. on April 9.

The officer spotted one man pull his arm back, about to hit another person, according to the police report.

The officer stopped the man, 24, who said a group of people had been harassing him near the Covered Bridge. A group of men then chased him down East Meadow Drive. The man told police he didn’t think he hit anybody and he was only trying to get away.

But because another man had suffered a severe cut to his face, officers continued to investigate the brawl.

The injured man, 21, told police nothing had happened and that he’d just fallen down, according to the police report. The man said he was OK but police called an ambulance to treat his cut.

A witness told police he and the injured man were hanging around outside a bar when a group of people – including the first man police questioned – came up and began harassing them. He said one of the men in the group grabbed the injured man’s head and slammed it against the ground.

Based on evidence provided by witnesses, three people –including the first man questioned and the injured man – were given summons to appear in court for investigation of disorderly conduct.

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 606 or via e-mail at

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