Police Blotter

An Albertsons employee found a loaded pistol on a sink in the men’s restroom last week, Jackson Police Lt. Russ Ruschill said. The store reported it to police. The man called several hours later, realizing he’d lost his firearm. Officers confirmed the gun wasn’t stolen before giving it back to him.

A truck that was parked just south of Jackson was stolen last week, only to show up abandoned in Idaho. The Ford F-150 was unlocked with the keys in it, Teton County sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said. Police don’t have any suspects. The truck has been returned to its owner.

A car was broken into May 12 while it was parked at the Cache Creek trailhead. A credit card, debit card and $1,200 cash was stolen, Platt said. Deputies have no suspects yet.

Town police also responded to a report of a stolen car, Ruschill said. This one was taken Saturday from the Cache Creek trailhead. Dispatch got the call at 1:13 a.m. that a man who didn’t own the car had taken off in it. Officers stopped the 34-year-old driver and realized he was drunk. Because he refused to give a breath test and denied a warrant for his blood sample, he was charged with DUI, interference with a peace officer and unauthorized use of vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped a car that was swerving at 2:30 p.m. May 13 in Hoback. Reporting parties said the man was driving so badly he almost hit several cars. When deputies caught up to him, he had swerved onto a pedestrian pathway and stopped. The 44-year-old Utah man admitted to drinking vodka before driving and said he stopped because he needed to rest. He blew a 0.329% and was arrested for DUI.

Deputies arrested a 30-year-old Idaho Falls man Saturday at 2:30 a.m. when they caught him going 57 mph in a 45 zone near the Stilson parking area. He was charged with DUI and open container.

A man was arrested Sunday just after midnight when a deputy noticed several traffic violations, including not using a turn signal. The man said he’d been drinking at Hole Bowl. He was arrested for DUI.

A speeding stop Sunday at 12:42 a.m. also ended in a DUI arrest, Platt said. The Maryland man was going 48 mph in a 30 zone. The 38-year-old refused to do a breath test but agreed to some field sobriety testing. Halfway through the man reportedly said, “I am sorry. Like you’re totally right. I am fed up, OK?” He was arrested for DUI and interference, for refusing a warrant for his blood.

Someone called 911 Sunday morning to report a suspicious driver. The 23-year-old was passed out in the driver’s seat of his car with the engine still running when deputies got there. The Texas man was in such a deep sleep he wouldn’t wake up despite the deputies knocking on his window. After several minutes of trying to wake him, deputies thought maybe he had a medical issue, so they broke the window and got him out of the car. He was charged with DUI and possession of a controlled substance.

Police arrested a 28-year-old May 12 after someone called 911 to report him smoking marijuana in his car. The Massachusetts man was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance for plant and liquid form THC and a misdemeanor count for amphetamine pills he didn’t have a prescription for.

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.


Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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