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More on Shaun White’s big night

Adam Boffey
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

** FILE ** Snowboarder Shaun White arrives at the 2006 ESPY Awards in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles in this July 12, 2006 file photo. A security video and shoe prints led to Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, who was accused of setting off a fire extinguisher at a ski resort at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, a ski town west of Denver, Colo, Friday Dec. 14, 2007 though there was no fire, police said. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” Few could argue that Shaun White set off a fire extinguisher at a Breckenridge game room on Friday night ” the snowboarding superstar was caught on videotape and subsequently served a summons from a Breckenridge police officer.

But did the Flying Tomato also steal a car that night?

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating the theft of a 2000 Audi (lifted from territory outside of Breckenridge town limits), questioned White Friday and then released him as a non-suspect, according to public information officer Paulette Horr. But that was only after Breckenridge police officer Steven Block got his man in the fire extinguisher incident.

Block had responded to Beaver Run, the location of the game room, earlier in the night, but left with nothing more than a request for a copy of the security footage he had viewed with a security officer, which showed White and an unidentified female in the game room prior to the incident.

“The cameras captured the male pick up a pool stick and chase the female playfully as she ran around some of the video games,” Block’s police report stated. “The male then went to the back wall where the fire extinguisher was mounted.”

Things got interesting when Block returned to his base and heard that the Sheriff’s Office was questioning the Tomato about the hot Audi.

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“The footprints in the snow that led from the front driver’s door matched the shoes that White was currently wearing,” stated the police report. “I responded back to Beaver Run to follow up.”

Block found White in a Sheriff’s Car, mid-interrogation.

“I opened the back door and looked at the shoes White was wearing,” Block’s report stated. “They had an identical white stripe and white soles as the shoes that I observed in the surveillance footage.”

Block summoned White to a court date in March for second-degree criminal tampering, but the Sheriff’s cut him loose.

“He just happened to be in the vicinity, so our deputy interviewed him,” Horr said. “It’s pretty much a nothing deal.”

The plot was thickened by a recent call to the Summit Daily News from John Hudnut, who claimed White stole his car this weekend.

When Hudnut was contacted in response, he refused to comment, saying only that J.B. Katz was his attorney. Katz couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday or Wednesday.

Encounters with two different police outfits on Friday didn’t stop White from winning the Breckenridge Snowboard Grand Prix Saturday.