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Wrong-way drunk flips truck, cops say

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON ” A drunk man driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 rolled his truck Tuesday night, said Krista Jaramillo of the Avon Police Department.

A 37-year-old Edwards man was driving west in the eastbound lane when he rolled his pick-up truck, which ended up 180 feet away from the trailer he was towing.

The man was standing outside his vehicle when police arrived but told police that he hadn’t been driving the vehicle. Police don’t know whether he had been wearing his seat belt.

He was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and was released. The man was ticketed for careless driving and driving under the influence.

On Wednesday morning, police were picking up the drunk driver’s belongings strewn along the highway’s median.

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EAGLE ” A 59-year-old woman refused to pay for spilled gas and threw an ice cream sandwich at a gas station clerk Sunday, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The woman was filling her car with gas and went inside the station to buy an ice cream sandwich. Then she returned to the pump and found that some gas had spilled on the ground.

The woman told the clerk she would not pay for the spilled gas ” a total of $54. A man with her offered $20 to the clerk, who demanded the full amount. The woman grabbed her ice cream sandwich from her friend and threw it at the clerk.

She left without paying and a sheriff’s deputy stopped her on Interstate 70.

The woman refused to pay for the gas because she was upset, she said. She was ticketed for theft.

EDWARDS ” Two men were beaten for entering the country illegally, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Two groups of men poured out of a red Ford Mustang and a black Chevrolet SUV and began arguing with two men outside an apartment building at Lake Creek Village.

Men in the group made remarks about the two men ” 17 and 21 years of age ” being illegal immigrants and wanted to fight them, the 17-year-old said.

Members of the group beat the two men, who ran away. The 21-year-old had a deep, 1-inch-long cut above his eye and the man’s brother said he would take him to the hospital.

EAGLE-VAIL ” A church employee told police he would not file charges against a student if he or she confessed to vandalizing a chapel at the Vail Bible Church, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Someone sprayed a fire extinguisher in a chapel at the church Tuesday afternoon, an employee reported.

The employee thought his staff could clean the white powder from the floors, but realized that professionals would have to clean the mess, he said.

The employee estimated the cleanup cost at $5,000 and the church would have to pay a $1,000 deductible to its insurance company. The insurance company demanded a police report, he said.

If a student confessed, police should speak with the student about the penalties, the employee said.

BACHELOR GULCH ” A 27-year-old man opened his apartment door to two sheriff’s deputies who contended they smelled marijuana, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Two deputies were patrolling in the hallway of an apartment building when they smelled marijuana. When asked who was smoking weed, the 27-year-old told the deputies that he had no idea what they were talking about.

The deputies told the man they had probable cause to enter his apartment. Inside the apartment, they found two glass bongs and a pipe.

The man then gave up marijuana to the deputies.

The man was ticketed for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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