Van troubles in Eagle
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado ” When an Eagle police officer pulled a van early one recent morning, he heard a glass bottle drop to the ground and saw liquid spilling over the vehicle’s dashboard. There was a strong odor of alcohol permeating the van, the police report said.
Inside, the officer found five men. The driver admitted he didn’t have a valid license, but the man who claimed to be the vehicle’s owner said the driver was the only sober person in the van.
The men said they were working in Aspen and living at an Eagle hotel. However, when cops accompanied the group to the hotel, the clerk denied that they had been staying there. The men then revised their story and said they planned to check in that night. They subsequently got a room and the officer followed them there.
Police asked the driver and the reported owner to write down their names and dates of birth and a subsequent computer check failed to recognize the “owner.” Because they could not verify his identity, cops told the “owner” they would have to impound the vehicle until they could verify ownership.
The man then became angry and tried to retreat into the hotel room. He was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest.
At the jail, the man’s story changed. He gave a different name and this identify checked out as a New Mexico resident who had an outstanding warrant. It also proved to be a relative of the vehicle’s registered owner.
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