Douglas County deputies were busy during spring break this year. There were a total of 18 DUI arrests and 17 Douglas County youth were ticketed for Minor in Possession of Alcohol. All drunk driving incidents are inherently dangerous, not only to the intoxicated person, but to innocent citizens who may become a victim of a drunk driver. Several of those arrested during this spring-break period were operating their vehicles in a particularly dangerous fashion. One 22 year male was stopped for driving on the wrong side of a divided highway; a 25 year old female narrowly avoided a collision with three different vehicles while trying to maneuver her vehicle into a car wash; a 17 year old male was charged with DUI, Careless Driving, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident when he lost control of his vehicle, struck an oncoming vehicle, and ended up on the sidewalk. He was apprehended after fleeing the scene on foot; a 37 year old female was stopped and cited for DUI for failure to drive in a single lane and narrowly avoiding two construction barrels
Others cited for DUI were stopped for reasons other than suspicion of drunk driving and then during the course of the stop were found to be under the influence. For example: a 40 year old male was stopped for Littering on Public property and was subsequently arrested for DUI; a 40 year old female was stopped when the deputy noticed heavy damage to the front and side of her vehicle. She denied being involved in a crash, but failed a road-side sobriety test and was arrested for DUI; a 53 year old female was observed driving with a flat right front tire, riding on its rim. After contact she failed a roadside sobriety test and was arrested for DUI.
Several young people were contacted and cited during spring break for various violations of minor in possession statutes. For example two 18 year old males were contacted at the Daniels Park Pavilion in possession of large bottles of hard liquor; a 14 and 15 year old male were contacted in a mall parking lot with several bottles of beer; a mother called and reported that her child and another under aged juvenile were drinking in her house. The 18 year old male and female were contacted and cited for Minor in Possession.
One particularly troubling call occurred in Parker, Colorado were deputies were called on a complaint of loud music coming from a neighborhood residence. When deputies arrived they found 10 juveniles ranging from age 13 to 18 with large quantities of alcohol in their possession. All were cited.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is being proactive and aggressive in minor in possession enforcement, trusting that through their actions and the support of the community, that these individuals do not graduate from minor in possession citations to DUI arrests or worse – involvement in a drunk driving accident or Injuring someone while driving under the influence.