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26 May 2018

Harassment on Ella Vita Court by drunk man from County homeless camp, Jeff Hamerly

Posted by Adam Howell


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While riding my mountain bike up Ella Vita Court towards the Overend Mountain Park, a stumbling drunk man who I’d never seen or met before started talking trash to me.

Jeff Hammerly lives at the homeless camp on La Plata County land.

Jeff Hamerly lives at the homeless camp on La Plata County land.

I later learned from the people where he lives at the County homeless camp that his name is Jeff Hamerly. He had a hiking stick, was wearing a black shirt with the sleeves cut off and a black visor for a hat.

At about 4:30 when I was riding past him on Ella Vita Court he told me that I was a worthless piece of shit, told me to get the fuck out of here, that I’m a dumb cunt, and told me that I beat him up, all of which were false claims.

After immediately calling Durango Dispatch to report the incident at 4:35 p.m., I stayed there at 225 Ella Vita Court at the cul-de-sac until a police officer called me back.

The cop told me that there was no public intoxication ordinance in Durango, and that he could only write a ticket for disorderly conduct if he pursued the individual, which he was not willing to do.

Police were not dispatched to the scene and the officer who I talked to refused to write a police report.

Next time, he said, get video of the incident.

Ella Vita Court is known by locals as a “Homeless Highway” due to the history of them passing through from Manna Soup Kitchen or the downtown area on their way to their encampment on County land.

To read police reports from Ella Vita Court visit this pdf file of previous police reports from Ella Vita Court.

Adam Howell is a writer who is on the City of Durango’s Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board. He can be reached by clicking on this link to the contact page.


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