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9/8/2012 3:09:00 PM
Cottonwood driver hits passing car with beer can
A tossed beer can dented the car of a woman driving in Cottonwood.
A tossed beer can dented the car of a woman driving in Cottonwood.

COTTONWOOD -- A woman reported a case of vandalism while she was driving on Camino Real in Cottonwood near Rio Mesa Trail. The 71-year-old victim told deputies the driver of a pick-up truck threw a beer can at her moving car as they passed each other in opposite directions Wednesday afternoon.

She drives a green Honda sedan. The can struck the left front fender and sprayed beer along the left side of her car. The woman turned around in an attempt to locate the truck, but lost sight of it after it turned west on Rio Mesa Trail.

She described the truck as a 1990s full-size model, white, with a cross bed toolbox. The woman said the truck was not "beat up" but looked well used as if the owner worked in construction. The driver, himself, appeared to be middle-aged, white, and had the driver's side window down with his elbow visible outside, the woman said.

She told deputies that she did nothing to provoke the behavior and did not have enemies or conflicts with anyone. The woman located and carefully recovered the beer can, which was submitted as evidence. Fingerprints have since been lifted from the can's surface and submitted for identification.

Deputies determined the suspect's actions not only damaged the victim's car, but clearly endangered her life had she lost control and could have even endangered other motorists or pedestrian lives.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect vehicle and/or driver, is asked to call he Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 12-029737.



Noise complaint leads to drugs

COTTONWOOD -- A noise complaint Tuesday afternoon brought out Cottonwood cops. Officers walked into the driveway of a property in the 700 block of North 16th Street. Two men sat in lawn chairs on the side of the building next to a stereo with music playing. When asked if they were playing the music loudly earlier in the day, one man, identified as Dale Leroy Smith, 51, said they played the music even louder than it was.

The officers noticed a metal pipe, used for smoking, on the stereo. They asked what was in the pipe and if they had a current medical marijuana card.

Smith was cited and released for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.



Quick, follow that car!

COTTONWOOD -- A Cottonwood officer was dispatched to an accident in the 1000 block of State Route 260 Tuesday afternoon. Then the dispatcher advised the officer that one vehicle was fleeing the accident and was followed to Cottonwood Street by the other driver. The investigating officer asked the reporting party what had happened.

He said he was making a left turn out of the parking lot into the turn lane on SR 260. At that point, the suspect's vehicle suddenly struck the passenger side of his vehicle. He looked at the other

driver and yelled for him to follow him into the parking lot at the Giant gas station and pulled in there. But the suspect vehicle continued northbound on Main Street, so he left the Giant station and followed the vehicle to where it parked in the 1600 block of East Cottonwood Street. The officer then spoke with Felipe Ornelas using his daughter as an interpreter.

The reporting party was charged with failure to yield from a private drive. Then, Ornelas was charged with leaving the scene of a crash.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Article comment by: that can did not hit that car insurance scam I say

LOL realy people. Look at the picture of the can. That can was opened by hand per the fact that the seal is bent into the can. If it were a full can tossed and hit the car it would be bent out. Additionally the can is in good shape. Now to the pics of the car????? Hum weird that there is no paint loss on the fender, There would be if a full can hit it at that implied impact speed. There would also be ink from the can left on the car or paint from the car left on the can.
Yep looks like insurance fraud to me. Hope YCSO looks into to that and also hope that the Independent reports back to us on that also.
Nice try!!!!


Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Want some fries with that?

Maybe if she got some fries (or at least a burger) with that order of beer, the half empty/half full evidence locker could be cleared. At least they're looking for a middle-aged white guy with a well-used truck. That really narrows the search in Cottontown.

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Article comment by: Want some fries with that?

Maybe if she got some fries (or at least a burger) with that order of beer, the half empty/half full evidence locker could be cleared. At least they're looking for a middle-aged white guy with a well-used truck. That really narrows the search in Cottontown.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Legalize It

If that would have been a joint it would have bounced off harmlessly.

If that would have been a joint the driver would'nt have thrown it. (That stuff is expensive).

If that would have been a joint the driver would have been too mellow to have thrown it anyway. In fact, he probably would have been asleep at t he wheel and simply crashed into her).

Legalize Pot. (Yeah...that's it).....:-).


Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: First responder

It's just a shame to throw beer. No one was injured, let's be thankful for that, and please stop wasting beer!

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Beer Can Question

And no where did it say the can was full or unopened. Maybe the spray was remints left in the can? I don't see any damage to the beer can from it's picture. Just saying....

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Dan Moore

Sorry to take away your belief but, vehicles are no longer made the way they used to be. It's a sad fact of what America has come to that a beer can even opened and over half full can actually do that much damage to a car.

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Can wasn't empty, READ the article. .

Read the article people, the can wasn't empty. Talk
about pinheads.....


Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Article comment by: Adelmo Lorenti

There have been empty beer cans like the one in the photo for the last 6 month's along Camino real near Rio Mesa and now on Arrowhead (west). Has anyone else noticed this and I wonder if this is the same person who threw the can? I think the person might live in the Verde village 7 area behind arroyo vista drive because i am picking up those type's of cans once a week. Called the Sheriff twice but they have yet to bust the person. I seem to find them Friday morning.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

The article says that the beer can sprayed beer on the side of the woman's car. This would lead me to believe that the can was not empty. A full can could make a dent like in the photo. The vehicles were going in different directions. If each vehicle was moving at 25 miles per hour, the can would have hit the car at 50 mph. This does not surprise me at all. I have had people I do not know spit on my windshield at a red light for no reason. I know of others who have had beer bottles thrown at them. There are people out there who think this is funny, but it is very dangerous.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Cottonwood Brainiacs . . . NOT!

As usual, NONE of you can read . . . or comprehend.

From the article:

"The can struck the left front fender and sprayed beer along the left side of her car."

NO ONE said the can was empty. LOL


Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: I don't know but

I don't know, but several years ago when I was a passenger in my friend's car, some crazy lady with kids in her truck actually threw a hamburger into my friend's driver side window while cussing and screaming! The hamburger landed next to me, on the passenger side, and
was still wrapped (and only had like one bite out of it). My friend had no idea why this crazy lady was yelling at him and throwing a hamburger. Maybe my friend had inadvertently cut her off?? I don't know, but it was actually pretty funny, because she lost a whole hamburger. Still, it could have caused an accident, so not cool.

Beer cans, hamburgers are "missiles" and can cause serious damage, even fatal accidents.


Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Read The Article

Who said the can was empty? Did you read the article?? It says "The can struck the left front fender and sprayed beer along the left side of her car." so, definitly not an empty can.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Rikki Ann

That beer can must have been launched from a rocket launcher to cause that kinda damage.

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012
Article comment by: Empty Can, No Way!

There's no way an empty can of beer could cause a dent of that size unless that car was made of aluminum foil, a full unopened can maybe but not an empty one.


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