After a long stretch with surprisingly few DUIs in town, members of the motoring public turned things around in the past week.
“It seems like we had rather an uptick in DUIs over the week,” said Sgt. Russ Ruschill of the Jackson police. “It seems it has really picked up, or we are catching more, or they’re crashing more.”
A 23-year-old Idaho man was contacted the morning of Aug. 26 after someone drove into a parked travel trailer near the West Jackson post office and left the scene. The ensuing investigation, Ruschill said, led to the conclusion that the man had “hit the parked trailer, fled and went directly to a local body shop.” The officers said the man told them he was driving from Rexburg, Idaho, to Texas and that the damage to his vehicle was the result of him hitting a guardrail while swerving to miss Bambi, or some other such creature. He is also said to have told the officers that he had taken an Ambien sometime before and claimed that “he had bad balance since he was a kid ... and had poor left and right ankles.”
That night on West Broadway an officer assisting at another traffic stop saw a car pass without slowing or moving over and followed it. He stopped a 48-year-old Jackson man who the officer said had an air of marijuana about him. The stoppee surrendered a vape pen. The officer also reported the driver displayed a green tongue. He was arrested for DUI.
On Aug. 29 at about 10 p.m., police heard several reports of hit-and-runs on Cache Creek Drive. A county deputy and then a city cop who arrived saw two damaged parked cars as they responded to find a 39-year-old man from Afton who was “fairly out of control” and whose own vehicle showed some heavy front-end damage. The subsequent interaction, according to the officers, involved an attempt to run, a bit of wrestling and statements from the man such as, “I am super drunk” and “I’m high on meth.”
Sgt. Ruschill said there were three other more routine DUIs and that officers were “busier this week than many of the weeks when we were inundated with visitors.” Over the past week there were 17 incidents that resulted in reports, out of the hundreds of calls for more mundane things. Among those was a call from the manager at The Timbers apartments on Gregory Lane, who reported illegal use of his dumpsters. Ruschill said the manager was “pretty aware” of his dumpsters.
A Teton County deputy used his ears rather than his nose to make a marijuana arrest at about 10 p.m. Aug. 30. Sgt. Clay Platt said the deputy clocked a 26-year-old Salt Lake City man doing 65 in a 55 zone near Game Creek. The man was reported to have said “nothing, nothing, nothing” when asked if he had any marijuana on him, despite a tell-tale odor detected at that point. But before that, the deputy “thought he heard something hit the ground” as he pulled over the Utah driver. A search just back up the highway came up with a small jar with about a measly gram of hemp. Platt said that if you want to toss something from your car “don’t put it in a glass jar so they can hear it” when it hits the ground.