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Seat position leads to DUI charge in Gypsum

Dustin Racioppi
Gypsum, CO Colorado

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

GYPSUM, Colorado ” An Eagle County deputy arrived on the scene of a single-car accident Nov. 7 and found a tricky situation.

There was a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser that had smashed through a lodgepole fence and it was hanging over the edge of Dagget Lane. The apparent driver claimed she was run off the road, but she couldn’t describe the car that caused the accident, and neither could her husband, who was the apparent passenger.

When the towing company pulled the car back onto the road, a look inside made the deputy question what had really happened.

The driver’s seat was pushed all the way back, not the usual position for a 5-foot 3-inch tall woman as her license showed. And on the passenger side, the seat was pushed so close to the dashboard it didn’t seem to acclimate a 6-foot tall man, as her husband was, according to the sheriff’s report. The 12-pack of Coors Light in the back didn’t ease any of the deputy’s suspicions.

When the deputy told her he didn’t believe she was the one driving and he thought it was her husband, she broke down. She told the deputy her husband told her to lie because he had been drinking and already had DUI’s in Oregon and Utah. She also said her husband must’ve dumped the car keys in her purse, too.

When deputies asked the husband to pull his hands out of his pockets, out came a Coors Light. And he was on his way to a DUI in a third state.

Deputies charged him with driving under the influence, driving under the influence per se with excessive alcohol content, operating an uninsured vehicle, reckless driving and driving while suspended.

He wouldn’t have to pay for the damage to the fence he allegedly crashed through, though.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” A few residents of the River View Estates Mobile Home Park heard some bumps in the night on Nov. 8, but none of them saw the cause or thought much of it ” not until they woke up in the morning and saw somebody had pummeled their property with eggs.

For one man, it was his truck, and the slimy mess made him late for work.

Another man’s Jeep Cherokee was hit with two in the back.

Deputies said there were three other trailers nailed by the egg hurler.

Maybe the person ran out of ammunition or decided to push their luck, but at some point that night they picked up some bricks and smashed them into one woman’s glass patio table, causing an estimated $500 in damage, according to the sheriff’s report.

The case was closed due to a lack of leads, though local store clerks were put on alert to watch for somebody buying omelet-party-sized quantities of eggs.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Dropping a pack of cigarettes on the street is one thing. Rounding up all the trash in your car and dumping it on the street in front of someone’s house is another.

That’s what deputies say an Edwards woman did on Nov. 12 after getting into a little tiff with a nearby resident.

The sheriff’s report shows that a woman was standing outside a green car in front of the 39-year-old’s house, and she dropped a pack of cigarettes on the ground. She asked the woman to pick it up, even offered her to use her trash can. But then she got into her car, collected all the garbage in it, put it in a plastic bag and threw it in front of the trash-conscious woman’s home. Then she drove off, apparently not far.

After scanning the neighborhood for a green car, deputies found the litterbug. She denied it, but when police took her back to the scene of the crime, the woman identified her.

She was summonsed with throwing litter on property.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at (970)748-2936 or

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