Trash-can-kicking duo arrested at Gypsum store |

Trash-can-kicking duo arrested at Gypsum store

Dustin Racioppi
Gypsum, CO Colorado

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

GYPSUM, Colorado ” When a clerk at the Stop-n-Save on Oak Ridge Drive saw two men kicking garbage cans around the convenience store’s parking lot, then stagger into the store, she became a bit unnerved and thought her best bet was to call 911.

When deputies arrived just before 9 p.m. Nov. 21, they saw the two men sitting at separate tables, minding their business but reeking of booze, the sheriff’s report said. It added that one of the men, 19, was swaying back and forth in his seat and had snot hanging from his mouth and nose.

They weren’t very cooperative, either. Deputies separated the two men, but once outside, the 24-year-old started yelling at the deputy’s K-9 companion, inciting a barking match between the two. Deputies tried telling the man to be quiet, but he wouldn’t, so one deputy drove a knee into his leg. That didn’t work. Then they handcuffed him and that did the trick.

They went back to search the other man, the drooling one, and found a knife and a clear plastic bag that looked like it had cocaine in it. An on-site test showed their suspicions were right.

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The other man, the barking one, also had a knife and cocaine on him, deputies said.

Both were charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a schedule II substance.

EDWARDS ” An Edwards man did a good job of causing problems for lots of people on Nov. 21 at a local bar.

According to the bartender’s account in the sheriff’s report, he was disturbing people at Rancho Viejo to the point where the manager of the bar and restaurant called him a cab to take him home. It didn’t end there.

The man returned soon after and started stirring up more trouble. The bartender threatened to call police, and the man threw a punch at him, but missed. The second punch he threw was a little more accurate, though not on target. He wound up hitting a door.

Then he pulled out a knife and started yelling at the bartender. The bartender punched the man in the face and took the knife from him while he waited for authorities to arrive.

But when they got there they had just as much trouble with the man.

The sheriff’s report said the man was uncooperative and combative, and even head butt one an Avon sergeant who was assisting deputies. The man was so out of control that deputies had to strap a hobble on his legs to contain him. It took two deputies and the sergeant to get the man inside the police car.

That wasn’t the end, either. The fire department and an ambulance were called to check the man for injuries, which required taking him out of the police car. Of course, he started yelling and struggling. Then he spit in the face of one of the deputies, the report said.

The man didn’t have any injuries and was taken to jail, where he was charged with second-degree assault, menacing, disorderly conduct and second-degree criminal trespass.

The deputy who was spit on was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center to make sure he wasn’t exposed to anything the man may have had. He’ll need follow-up tests, the report said.

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