Police reports: Man cited for lying on tracks
Vail, CO Colorado
Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.
BOND, Colorado – A train made an emergency stop near Bond because a man was lying on the tracks. The railroad company gave deputies a description of the man, who got into a white sport utility vehicle and drove away.
Deputies found the vehicle, which was registered to the Bureau of Land Management, and the man, who said he was taking pictures of the train approaching him in the fog. He was surprised to learn that the train stopped because of him. After looking at the man’s photos, the deputy told him that the railroad did not tolerate anyone on its property and wanted anyone caught trespassing to be cited. The man was apologetic, and he was cited for trespassing.
WOLCOTT, Colorado – On Sept. 16, a deputy saw a car going 65 mph in a 50 mph zone on state Highway 131 in Wolcott. The officer contacted the 45-year-old driver and saw an empty bottle of wine on the passenger floorboard. The man said it was for his wife and denied he had been drinking.
The deputy asked the man to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers. At first, the man refused but changed his mind when the deputy started handcuffing him for further investigation of DUI. He failed the voluntary tests. The deputy learned through dispatch that the man had previous DUIs and refusals. The man was arrested for DUI and cited for speeding. His driver’s license also was suspended.
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EDWARDS, Colorado – On Sept. 16, a deputy saw trash flying out of the back of a pickup truck on eastbound Interstate 70 near Edwards.
He stopped the driver to notify him about the trash and asked for his license. The 22-year-old man said he did not have a driver’s license because it had been revoked for DUI. He said he was taking his girlfriend to the hospital because she had abdominal cramps.
Dispatch confirmed the man’s license was revoked and that he was a habitual traffic offender. There also was a warrant out for the man because he failed to pay fines from a DUI case in Summit County.
The man was arrested for the warrant and cited for driving with a revoked license.
WOLCOTT, Colorado – Three rock climbers were cited for trespassing in Wolcott on Sept. 22.
The new owner of a property known as the “cliff house” along state Highway 131 reported the climbers after he watched them disregard several of his new “no trespassing” signs.
The climbers told the deputy the previous owner had let them climb there for years and wondered if the signs were new.
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – On Sept. 13, the general manager of a Vail Associates business received a call from the company’s Denver audit department because records indicated $1,360 was missing from the earnings of Aug. 13.
The GM contacted the employee who was in charge of closing out the cash drawer. The employee admitted to taking the money. He said it was the only time he ever did anything like that and he felt bad about it. The man returned the money the next day. The GM thanked him for his honesty and only fired him instead of pressing charges, as well.
On Sept. 19, the general manager got another call from the audit department saying $2,274 was missing from July 22, as well. He contacted the former employee and the man denied taking the money, even though all the records implicated him.
The GM called deputies on Sept. 23. An officer tried to contact the suspect and was told he moved back to Wisconsin.
EAGLE, Colorado – An Eagle Police officer investigated a strange report on Sept. 14.
An anonymous caller said they saw a woman chanting and systematically placing things into the hollow of a tree at the park. The woman then threw a glass jar onto the ground.
The caller was familiar with the woman’s history of strange behavior and was mainly concerned about the broken glass at the park. The police officer went to the park and took a look. She found the broken glass as described. In the tree were strips of raw meat, sliced bell peppers and pieces of tortilla. She picked up the glass and photographed all of the evidence.
The officer knew the suspect from previous contacts. She called the woman’s cell phone and asked her what she was doing at the park. The suspect yelled she was feeding the birds and hung up.
The woman continued to yell that the police were harassing her and she kept hanging up. Officers were eventually able to talk to the woman at her house. She yelled at them that they were harassing her. An officer explained that they were there for a legitimate reason and handed the woman a copy of a court summons for littering.