Ten infamous 2011 crimes with Colorado connections
And you thought you had a crazy year. Getting jiggy with a student at a Baptist school, driving a scooter without a license in Miami, possessing four grams of cocaine in Aspen, threatening to shoot out a Best Buy in Aurora over a video game and literally getting shit on in Boulder -- these are all some of the strangest crimes that turned heads and made headlines in Colorado in 2011. Check out our top ten below.
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10. Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz disturbed the peace in Mississippi
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Once considered to be one of 2011's midseason prospects by Baseball America, Drew Pomeranz's much esteemed reputation was tarnished on October 14 when he was arrested in Oxford, Mississippi, for kicking ass and taking names. Well, not really, but that would have been more interesting than "disturbing the peace" in Oxford.
9. Broncos kicker Matt Prater arrested on DUI
As we reported this summer, Matt Prater left Shotgun Willie's on August 2 with a woman who worked there. He brought her back to the Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Greenwood Village, and while in the parking lot, Prater drove a Chevy Trailblazer back into a silver sedan. Police eventually found the Broncos kicker at a nearby La Quinta, charging him with a DUI. It's hard out there for a Bronco.
8. Nuggets forward J.R. Smith rides scooter in Miami without a license
Man, Denver athletes just can't catch a break in 2011. Before Pomeranz and Prater, there was J.R. Smith and his scooter in Miami. Smith was allegedly operating the scooter without a license, which has been suspended until March 2012 because of Smith's poor driving history. TMZ reported that Smith was not placed in jail for the offense, which was much more minor than an earlier one. In 2009, he was suspended by the NBA after pleading guilty to reckless driving in a 2007 auto accident that killed one of his friends. Sure, this time it may have only been a scooter, but next time, who knows.
7. Dog The Bounty Hunter barges into Breckenridge
Duane "Dog" Chapman and his crew barged into La Montana Linda restaurant and cantina in Breckenridge during the first week of July. Dog and his bodyguards were on the hunt for the father of the La Montana owner when they entered in the back door. According to the Summit Daily News, witnesses reported that one of the bodyguards claimed he could hurt the restaurant owner's friends without facing charges because he was a "superstar." Lupe Fiasco said it best: "If you are what you say you are, a superstar, then (you can) have no fear."
6. Lance Armstrong gets all wordy in Aspen
It's strange to make a federal case out of a mere conversation. Then again, every word was crucial in the conversation that took place between Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, an Olympic cycling gold medalist and one of Armstrong's former teammates. Thing is, following Hamilton's accusations of Armstrong doping which aired on 60 Minutes, the chance encounter between the two at Aspen's Cache Cache in June was really awkward. Hamilton was rattled that Armstrong confronted him; Armstrong claimed he was just saying hello, according to Abe Streep, a writer at Outside magazine who was eating dinner at a restaurant next door when the altercation went down.
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