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Cops pleased with crowds’ control

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen escaped the long holiday weekend relatively unscathed as police reported a handful of arrests and accidents.

Aspen police officers saw one open container citation and a “handful of DUIs,” said Sgt. Steve Smith. Police also responded to two accidents involving minor injuries.

“There was one accident during the parade – one motorcycle hit another, and one person was injured. He had a laceration on his head and got a couple of stitches,” he said. “He was trying to do a little trick, and it didn’t work.”

The second accident occurred on Highway 82, when a woman rolled her vehicle near the Independence Pass closure gate outside Aspen. Police say the woman tried to pull over and make a call on her cell phone, but misjudged the width of the highway shoulder.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department reported three DUIs over the busy weekend, and deputies responded to “a lot of noisy parties,” said Deputy Mario Strobl. Deputies were also called to a car fire at the intersection of Magnifico and Herron Hollow roads on Red Mountain early Sunday.

Back-to-back concerts on the Snowmass Village mall crowded Fanny Hill, but not local jail cells.

“We actually fared pretty well [Saturday] night, considering that it was probably approaching one of our largest attendance nights,” said Sgt. Brian Olson of the Snowmass Village Police Department.

He said nearly 3,500 people flocked to the village Saturday for the shows. Snowmass police made one arrest over the weekend. Woody Creek resident Gary Pera, 42, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct on Friday after an alleged fistfight.

“It’s surprising that you can have that many people come in and out of town and get out unscathed,” Olson said.

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