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Stay Safe This Holiday Weekend

Contact: Shannon Cordingly, Public Information Officer, 970-376-7000


The Gore Range DUI Task Force would like to remind the citizens and guests of Eagle County how important it is to call 911 to report all impaired and reckless drivers during the crackdown and throughout the year. 

With the assistance of vigilant citizens, a deputy from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office working extra patrol as part of the “Heat is On” campaign made the roads a bit safer for people driving in Eagle County by taking Eric Repasy, age 47, of Sandy UT off of the road.  Repasy was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment, DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding. 

The deputy located the driver on I-70 near the Eagle exit shortly after 7:00pm on September 1, 2010, after numerous citizen complaints were called in reporting that Repasy was speeding, swerving, passing on the right, and cutting off other drivers.  During the traffic stop Repasy told the deputy that he was trying to make it to the hospital before his son died.  The deputy confirmed the story to be a lie.  Repasy spent the night at the Eagle County Detention Facility before posting $1,000 bond. 

The Gore Range DUI Task Force has made twenty-seven DUI arrests since the “Heat is On” campaign began on August 20, 2010.  The DUI's included alcohol and/or drugs; this includes any prescribed medication and marijuana.  Multi-jurisdictional saturation patrol is set to continue through September 7, 2010.  The Gore Range DUI Taskforce is aggressively looking for all impaired and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired — regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day.  

“I hope that our efforts combined with help from public and everyone's good decision not to drink and drive we keep everyone safe this holiday weekend,” said Sheriff Hoy.

The Gore Range DUI Task Force is comprised of officers from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO), Avon Police Department (APD), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Eagle Police Department (EPD), and the Vail Police Department (VPD). 

The “Heat is On” campaign is funded by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Impaired Driving High Visibility Enforcement Grant allocated to the Gore Range DUI Task Force to reduce drunken driving accidents and deaths on Colorado’s roadways.