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Surly cocktail spitters booted from Vail bar

Matt Zalaznick

Two men who stormed hollering into a Vail Village bar last week were arrested after allegedly spitting a stolen cocktail all over the wall and then spitting on the bar1s owner.

Vail police arrived at a hectic scene on Bridge Street around 11:30 p.m., March 26. One of the men, 22, was being held down by waiters and bouncers outside the bar. But the other was running past officers toward the parking garage. That man, 27, was eventually caught by another bouncer a few doors down Bridge Street from the bar.

The owner of the bar, along with a pair of waiters, told police the two men entered the bar in a highly belligerent mood. He said they were yelling and shouting at other customers.

3What are you looking at,² one of the men said to another customer, according to the police report.

One of the pair then swiped someone else1s cocktail, drank some of it and then spit the liquor out all over the wall. That1s when the owner had enough of the pair and asked them to leave. The men said they1d leave when they were ready but slowly made their way out of the bar.

The owner said he was going to let the incident slide until he followed the men out onto the bar1s patio and one of the men allegedly spat in his face and ran off.

The accused spitter was arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct. The other, younger man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Police said the man, while being booked into jail at the Vail police station, admitted to spitting on the bar owner. But he told an officer he couldn1t believe he and his friend got beat up and were in jail.

Spitting spree

A man who spit on a truck belonging to the property manager of his apartment complex was arrested Sunday after being allegedly being caught in the act on video tape, according to a police report.

The property manager told police he installed a video camera after two signs at the apartment complex had been vandalized and his truck had been spit on several times. The property manager said it cost him $10 each time he had to clean the truck.

On Sunday around 3:20 a.m., a man was allegedly caught on the tape spitting on the driver1s side window of the truck.

The man was identified as a 31-year-old resident who1d been warned about parking in two spaces reserved for management.

The suspected spitter confirmed that the property manager had yelled at him about his friends parking in the space. But he said that made him angry and allegedly admitted to spitted on the truck at least four times. The man also admitted it was an obnoxious thing to do and offered to apologize to the manager and reimburse him for the cleaning costs.

The man was given a summons to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief and harassment.

Stewed awakening

A man who crashed into a camper while trying to park his car Saturday was busted after he1d fallen asleep in his Avon hotel room, police said.

A witness returning from dinner to the Avon hotel around 10:30 p.m. allegedly told police he saw a man slam into a camper as he attempted to back his station wagon into a parking space. The man then pulled forward into another space and stumbled out of his car, according to the police report.

Police determined the owner of the station wagon was a guest of the hotel and knocked on his door twice. The man didn1t answer and they had to be let into the room by the hotel manager.

The man, 30, was inside sleeping. When the woke him up, officers smelled alcohol and the man1s eyes were bloodshot, according to the police report.

The man allegedly admitted to being in a car accident and walking off. He also admitted to having a few drinks that night but said he hadn1t anything to drink since he returned to the hotel, police said.

The man was roused from bed and given a roadside sobriety test, which he failed, police said. The man was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run and careless driving.

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 mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.


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