Police Blotter

An officer was foot patrolling around The Rose just before midnight Aug. 6 when he heard a car alarm going off. Taking heed, the officer approached the car and noticed a highly intoxicated male in the driver’s seat, Jackson police Lt. Russ Ruschill said. The officer told the man not to drive and gave him the number of a taxi driver who could have transported him to Hoback, but the driver refused to call the taxi service. The officer then told the man to wait until he could drive, but the driver re-entered the car and turned it on two minutes after the officer left. The officer took the man out of the vehicle and arrested him for public intoxication. The man blew a 0.3% blood alcohol content at the jail.

An officer arrested a transient man for trespassing by the Virginian Lodge after warning him two weeks prior not to return to the Virginian and issuing him a trespass notice. The man appeared intoxicated, according to Lt. Ruschill, evidenced by his slurred speech and the strong odor of alcohol. The man had previously been arrested July 4 by the National Park Service for possession of a controlled substance.

A caller reported that a person in a Black Ford F-150 with the numbers “0891” on the license plate pulled out a shotgun and pointed it toward the caller around noon Aug. 6. The truck was heading eastbound on Broadway near Albertsons at the time, officers learned. Officers searched for the vehicle and tried to identify it electronically through its license plate number but found nothing, Lt. Ruschill said.

A customer at the Maverik gas station called dispatch after a gas pump burst, allowing gallons of fuel to leak, Lt. Ruschill said. Five fire units and two officers responded to the scene, which was a potential fire hazard. Somebody hit the emergency shutoff to prevent more gas from leaking, and no fire occurred. A Jackson Hole Fire/EMS battalion chief estimated that the spill was 5 to 10 gallons, Lt. Ruschill said.

A manager at the Cowboy Bar contacted an officer foot patrolling the area to report a female using a fake ID. An officer ran the license number through dispatch, and it came back as not on file, suggesting it was fake, Lt. Ruschill said. The officer then ran the driver’s license number, which was indeed real but registered to a person who was not the 20-year-old female from Alabama trying to use the ID. The officer issued her a citation and let her go on her way. “Please don’t use fake IDs to enter our bars here in Jackson,” Lt. Ruschill said.

Officers responded to a park in town to find a middle-aged female leaning against an electrical vault near a public sidewalk. The responding medics tried to convince her to get up, but she would not. The medics then asked her if she knew her birthday. She replied, “April Fools,” and although her birthday is in April it is not on that day, Lt. Ruschill said. Officers detained the Jackson resident and took her to jail where she blew a 0.42% blood alcohol content, a dangerous level that led officers to take her to the hospital for an evaluation. Officers later returned her to the jail.

Information in the police blotter is gathered from law enforcement, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch and witnesses. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.

Contact Alexander Shur at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com

Alexander has reported on courts and crime since June 2021. A fan of all things outdoors, he came to Teton County after studying journalism at Northwestern University.

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