Police: Weekend mostly calm in Steamboat, Routt County

Busy holiday weekend yields few incidents for law enforcement

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— A holiday weekend full of activities spread across the county was relatively incident-free, local law enforcement agencies reported Tuesday.

A total of six people, all men, were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Routt County roads during the Labor Day weekend. Those arrests aside, officers across the county reported few major calls.

In Oak Creek, the site of one of the largest Labor Day celebrations, police officers said folks were looking out for one another, and there were no major incidents.

“Everybody was really well behaved and responsible,” Oak Creek Police Department Senior Officer Eileen Rossi said. “We had quite a few people offering rides home, and designated drivers were on hand everywhere you went.”

The Labor Day festivities in Oak Creek included a beer tent and several events at bars, but nobody was arrested in the area during the weekend, for DUI or other charges. Both Oak Creek police officers were on duty through the weekend.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office was working at full staffing, spokeswoman Mellisa Baum­­gartner said, but there were no major incidents.

“People behaved themselves, at least in the county,” she said.

Officers with the Steamboat Springs Police Department reported that the holiday weekend was mostly subdued, but they did make all six arrests in the county, including one man who was arrested after crashing his truck.

Randall Eugene Buccino, 46, reportedly drove his truck from a bar in downtown Steamboat up to Hilltop Circle, where he went off the right side of the road near Falling Water Lane, Sgt. Dale Coyner said. The crash happened at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday.

“The man was trying to climb out of the driver’s side window when (officers) arrived,” he said.

Coyner said Buccino, a Utah resident, refused any medical treatment after the crash, but after submitting to voluntary roadside tests, he was “well in excess” of the legal driving limit of 0.08 blood alcohol content.

Officers arrested Buccino on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, careless driving and no proof of insurance. There were no passengers in the truck, Coyner said.

At the tail end of the holiday weekend, officers arrested 59-year-old Steamboat man and Canadian citizen Ronald Grant Nielson on suspicion of DUI and driving under revocation.

Nielson was arrested early Tuesday morning after reportedly taking the car of a friend without permission late Monday night. After the woman reported her Buick missing from Indian Trails, officers found Nielson with the keys in his pocket across town. He admitted to taking the car and was arrested at the time. The car was not damaged and the woman declined to pursue car theft charges, Coyner said.

The city was otherwise calm, Coyner said, and no major crimes were reported.

— To reach Zach Fridell, call 871-4208 or e-mail zfridell@steamboatpilot.com

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