Halloween revelry quiet

Police, Sheriff's Office and State Patrol report few arrests


2 accidents on Rabbit Ears Pass

The Colorado State Patrol responded to two accidents Sunday on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Troopers and Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called at about 11:55 a.m. to a report that a car went off an embankment at mile marker 145 on U.S. Highway 40, about 10 miles from Steamboat Springs city limits.

Sheriff's Sgt. Kurtis Luster said the car slid 60 feet, rotated and landed on its roof. Luster said the male driver reported head and neck pain and was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Luster said the man's dog was traveling with him and was fine. The man's condition was unknown Sunday night.

At 6:06 p.m., troopers and deputies were called to a report that a driver hit and killed a moose at mile marker 150 on U.S. 40.

Trooper Brady Kobus said a Nissan Pathfinder was traveling westbound when it collided with the moose, which was not full grown. Kobus said a 45-year-old Craig man and his three children were inside the vehicle. He said the children - a 15-year-old girl, 13-year-old boy and 4-month-old boy - were taken to YVMC with non-life-threatening injuries. The father wasn't hurt. Kobus said they all were wearing their seat belts.

— Despite Halloween's reputation for shenanigans, local law enforcement officers said Saturday night's revelers were under control.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Sgt. Dale Coyner said there weren't any reports on Halloween of cars egged, pumpkins thrown through windows or houses pelted with paintballs or covered in toilet paper.

Coyner said those things have happened in the past and are related to Halloween, but most of the calls this year were alcohol-related, and there were fewer of those than in previous years.

"It appears most of the stuff we dealt with last night, judging by the entries, were alcohol-related and not just holiday-related," he said Sunday.

The police department arrested four residents on suspicion of driving under the influence and other charges following traffic stops Saturday night and Sunday morning. The department also arrested a woman on suspicion of third-degree assault after responding to a report of domestic violence.

The Routt County Sheriff's Office arrested two people Saturday. A Steamboat woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI, and a Hamilton man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence related charges.

The Colorado State Patrol made one arrest, taking a Steamboat man into custody on suspicion of DUI.

"There were a lot of cabs out there," State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott he said. "Those who were drinking chose not to drive or to take taxis. That's what we're hoping for."

Elliott added that there were no car wrecks Saturday, and the troopers only responded to a few calls for service.

On Friday, area law enforcement agencies made four arrests on a variety of charges.

Coyner said Halloween is one of the three busiest nights of the year for the police department, along with the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve. He said like those holidays, more people are generally out and about on Halloween because of the festive atmosphere.

Luster said the three holidays also are the busiest nights for the Sheriff's Office. He said incidents of domestic violence generally increase on nights known for alcohol consumption, but that wasn't the case last night.

"We hope everyone has a good time and lets loose because they need to, but we're grateful when we have a light night and everyone maintains control," he said. "We prepare for the worst, but we're grateful when everyone gets to go home unhurt or unharmed."

Coyner said there also were fewer noise complaints, suspicious incidents and juvenile situations Saturday than what is typical of Halloween.

On Sunday, Coyner said the police department only responded to a few incidents of vandalism.

He said a rock was thrown through a window, and a car's tires were slashed. He said both incidences appeared unrelated to Halloween.

"Judging by the entries in the logbook, it was a reasonable night," he said. "They were pretty busy with the alcohol-related incidences, not specific to Halloween itself. These are things that could happen on any night of the year, any weekend night of the year."


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