Fraser: Flicking cigarette leads to arrest for DUI and marijuana possession |

Fraser: Flicking cigarette leads to arrest for DUI and marijuana possession

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Officer Roy Ybarra of the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department was patrolling Fraser the evening of Dec. 9 when he saw someone flick a lit cigarette out of their moving vehicle. The car was driving along Eisenhower Drive near the Zerex Street intersection.

Ybarra pulled the car over and spoke with the driver, a 19-year-old woman from Fraser. Allegedly, she had alcohol on her breath and her speech was slurred. Her hand movements were slow and fumbling as she searched for her registration and proof of insurance, according to the police report.

As Ybarra waited for the driver to get herself together, he also smelled marijuana. He asked the driver to step out of the car, and how many drinks she’d had that evening. The driver said she had one drink, and after some more questioning, she admitted she had smoked a joint about an hour ago. She then consented to some roadside maneuvers, which she allegedly performed poorly.

The woman was arrested for DUI and taken to the local police department for a blood test. She was then released to a sober adult.

After Ybarra arrested the driver, he searcher her car and found a green, leafy substance on the floor board, which he believed to be marijuana. Ybarra asked the passenger of the car, a 20-year-old Fraser woman, whether the marijuana belonged to her ” after some hesitation, she admitted it did. Ybarra also found an open can of Natural Light beer and an open bottle of beer. The passenger was arrested for unlawful possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

Officer, my invisible girlfriend was driving

Officer Michael Hanschke was patrolling Fraser on Christmas Eve when he saw a white van that had slid off the road on Zerex Street. The markings in the snow showed the van had slid across the lane of oncoming traffic while spinning 180 degrees.

Hanschke noticed a man walking on the side of the road, so he drove up to him. He was walking unsteadily, according to the police report.

The officer spoke with the man, a 38-year-old from Grand Lake, and asked if the van was his. He said it was, and Hanschke noticed the man’s eyes were watery and bloodshot, and he smelled of alcohol. He didn’t have any identification, but gave the officer his name. He also told him that his girlfriend had been driving, and that she was currently walking to the Untamed Restaurant.

The officer drove the man back to his van and asked if he would allow officers to locate his girlfriend. The man agreed, and said she had brown, shoulder-length hair and was wearing blue jeans, a red hoodie and a brown jacket. Another officer spoke to the bartender at the Untamed, but both the bartender and the officer agreed they had not seen anyone matching that description.

When asked where he was headed, the man told Hanschke he was staying at the Pinnacle Lodge for the night. He said he was coming from the Crooked Creek, according to the report, and that his girlfriend was forced to hit the breaks when a car in front of them stopped. The sudden breaking caused the van to slide out of control, the man said.

When Hanschke looked at the van, he noticed the license plates had expired May 2007 and that there were only one set of shoe prints leading away from the vehicle.

The shoe prints led one way, turned around and led back to the van, and continued on to where Hanschke contacted the man. The prints matched the boot print that was on the bottom of the Sorrel boots the man was wearing, according to the report.

While the officer questioned the man about the shoe prints, he tried to throw a set of keys into the snow. When the keys were recovered, the officer found they were the keys to the van, although the man had previously stated that his girlfriend had the keys. He was asked to perform some voluntary roadside maneuvers, but he refused.

The man was then taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

As Hanschke conducted a search of the van, he found a duffle bag with two glass pipes. The filter and residue inside the pipes were tested, indicating a positive result for cocaine. Dispatch confirmed the man’s driver’s license was suspended indefinitely Aug. 19, 2007, for not having an interlock lease, a portable breath testing device that prevents a person from staring the car after consuming alcohol.

The man was put in Grand County Jail and booked for careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, violating restrictions on driver’s license regarding interlock device, possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to show evidence of insurance and expired license plates.

He wasn’t even trying to hide it

Officer Roy Ybarra was patrolling Winter Park about 2 a.m. on Dec. 9 when he saw a green Jeep drive onto Old Victory Road from King’s Crossing Road. The car accelerated at a high rate of speed, and Ybarra attempted to catch up to the car but was unable to do so at 50 mph. The speed limit is 20 mph.

As the car approached Bank of the West in Fraser, it lost control and spun clockwise to face the other direction. Ybarra stopped the car and spoke with the driver, a 25-year-old from Tabernash with an Oklahoma driver’s license.

According to the police report, Ybarra detected alcohol on the driver’s breath and his speech was slurred. His hand movements were slow and fumbling, and when asked how much alcohol he had consumed, the driver said, “A lot.”

The man agreed to do some roadside maneuvers, but performed them poorly. He was arrested for DUI and elected to take a blood test at the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department. While at the department, the driver stated several times that he was really drunk. He contemplated how high his blood alcohol content would be, and said it would probably be really high.

The man was issued a summons for DUI and careless driving, and was given a ride to his residence.

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