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DUIs top list of New Year’s offenses

Law enforcement officials report no serious incidents, injuries during holiday night

Zach Fridell

— Eleven people were booked into the Routt County Jail in the early hours of 2010. Of those arrests, seven were for driving under the influence.

Steamboat Springs Police De­­partment officer JD Paul said calls came in steadily throughout New Year's Eve on Thurs­day and early Friday but that no major injuries or accidents were reported.

Paul said three of the arrests for driving under the influence were people who were found passed out in their cars with the engines running. Two were in the parking lot in Village Inn Court, and one was at the Depot Art Center on 13th Street.

Paul said a person could be arrested on DUI charges if he or she is in physical control of the car, even if the car isn't moving.

Police also had reports of two fights during the night. The first call came at 11:45 p.m. New Year's Eve, when police were called to a report of a fight in the first block of Seventh Street. Officers booked 32-year-old Fort Collins man Timothy Michael Sharkey into jail just after midnight on suspicion of disorderly conduct. No injuries were reported from the fight.

Early Friday, police got a report of a fight that happened during the night in Dream Island Plaza. Paul said a woman at a party reportedly punched another one and pulled her hair during an argument. Officers found and arrested 24-year-old Steamboat Springs resident Melissa Danielle Wil­liams on suspicion of third-degree assault.

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Paul said the victim had small scratches on her face and hair missing.

Police had one officer working on a DUI patrol, but otherwise used normal staffing during the night, Paul said.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said across the region, the night was quiet apart from the DUI arrests. Troopers had an increased presence in the area but did not set up checkpoints. There were no injury accidents in Routt County and no reported accidents that could be linked to alcohol.

Steamboat Springs Fire Res­cue Lt. Travis Wilkinson said emergency responders had three medical calls from midnight to 3 a.m. Friday. All three involved alcohol, he said, but none were life threatening.