Aspen X Games keep police busy
ASPEN ” The Winter X Gamers had Aspen police working overtime this weekend, with most calls related to people consuming too much alcohol.
Aspen Police Sgt. Rob Fabrocini said there were several instances of underage drinking, minors in possession, disorderly conduct, detoxes and fights.
Aspen officers sent at least seven people to the Right Door detox center on Friday and Saturday nights, and meted out many “lectures and releases” of individuals who were intoxicated, but were taken home by someone who was sober, Fabrocini said.
Activity in town spiked after the X Games ended at Buttermilk Mountain each night, with officers running from call to call from about 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., Fabrocini said.
“I guess it was too much alcohol mixed with too many high energy drinks,” he said. “There were a lot of drunk people.”
Police were called to the Regal Watering Hole on Friday where a fight broke out between four or five people, one of whom had his nose broken. A suspect was arrested for second-degree assault, Fabrocini said.
Two calls to Club Chelsea for disorderly conduct happened over the weekend, and one DUI arrest occurred on Friday night.
Fabrocini said more DUI arrests would have been likely if Aspen had officers dedicated to that type of patrol, but the department was maxed. Between Thursday and Sunday, police had between seven and 12 officers on duty to deal with the drunken crowds.
For the most part, Fabrocini said the weekend went fairly smoothly, especially after the free concerts held at the base of Aspen Mountain on Friday and Saturday nights were over.
Shortly after Saturday’s night concert, The Little Nell hotel had to evacuate guests and customers because of reported smoke coming from the parking garage. No fire was found and people were let back in shortly thereafter.
Fabrocini noted that this year was much busier than prior X Games.
“We were fielding more calls and we’re way behind on paperwork,” he said.
The rain, sleet and snow didn’t help matters over the weekend; several accidents kept emergency responders busy. The city streets department had to come in Saturday night and sand the pedestrian malls because they were so slippery.
Pitkin County Sheriff Patrol Director Ann Stephenson said her department also handled numerous incidents of minors in possession, DUIs and other arrests related to the X Games. Like the police department, the sheriff’s office is trying to catch up on paperwork and get a full account of all calls over the weekend.
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