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June 4, 2014
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Odd events lead to Basalt DUI arrests

Two men ended up getting arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after unusual circumstances in separate incidents in Basalt in late May, according to police reports.

In the first incident on May 23, a Basalt officer was driving east on Two Rivers Road near the Emma Curve at 10:50 p.m. when he said he saw a white Subaru station wagon driving east in front of him swerve across the oncoming lane and “crash into the hillside” on the north side of the road, according to the report. The vehicle rolled onto its side.

The officer discovered that driver Jarrett Workman, 25, of Basalt, wasn’t hurt. He was the only passenger in the car. He allegedly told the officer that he lost control because his vehicle’s tires were bald.

Workman was arrested on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and failing to provide proof of insurance, the report said. Workman had blood drawn. The results weren’t available.

The next morning, an amorous situation turned into a heartbreaker for a Carbondale man. A Basalt police officer was patrolling the Elk Run neighborhood at 2:50 a.m. May 24 when he saw a white Jeep Cherokee parked on the side of the road with its auxiliary lights on. The officer could see a man moving in the driver’s seat and also spotted the legs of a female, according to the report. He used a spotlight to try to capture their attention, and he eventually made contact with the man and woman.

The officer arrested Brian Gaugham, 27, of Carbondale, on suspicion of DUl, the report said. The vehicle wasn’t running, but the keys were in the ignition and the auxiliary lights were on, as were the instrument panels inside the vehicle, according to the report.

The woman in the vehicle, who appeared to be intoxicated, was given a ride home, the report said.

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