by Inspector Clouseau
Sources close to the investigation of the Leadville 100 bike race told the ECT’s Chief Inspector last week – that the charge of Identity Theft has always and only been a Felony charge. It’s simply not a misdemeanor offence. So when last year’s Leadville 100 officially registered biker Katie Brazelton allowed her friend, Wendy Lyall, to use her registration – that’s when the whole thing started to roll down hill. Reportedly Ms. Brazelton had an injury just before that (hard to get into bike race – they use a lottery) so Katie (inadvertently?) aided and abetted her friend Wendy Lyall – by Katie allegedly picking up her own and official race bib and bright green wrist band using her own required photo ID. So far so good. Problem came when Ms. Wendy Lyall reportedly – then took and used her friends ID (race bib and green band) in the race – and finished high enough in the race – for someone to notice it. Oooops. Sources close to the investigation told ECT’s Chief Inspector this week – that some Leadville 100 registered racers and race officials went ‘ballistic’ when they discovered the ID and credentials switch. The cops were called, an investigation done and charges of Identity Theft then filed by Colorado’s 5th Judicial District Attorney – Mark Hurlbert. There simply was no other charge to file after that investigation completed – sources revealed.
Sources also now report that a plea-bargain with the DA’s office, now in the works between prosecutors and Ms. Brazelton and Lyall’s attorney – to exchange via plea a misdemeanor offence for the original Identity Theft charge.
Conclusion – Inspector Clouseau now realizes that when singer Sammy Davis, Jr. first sang (1968) – Walter Marks song “I gotta be me” Sammy wasn’t just crooning – he was issuing a stern warning to the future generations of bike racers of Leadville’s 100 mile bike race. Most of which like the persistently confused Managing Editor at the VD – were not even born yet.