Crocs co-founder George Boedecker arrested on DUI charge in Boulder
George Brian Boedecker Jr., one of the founders of Niwot-based Crocs Inc. and the benefactor of the Boedecker Theater at Boulder's Dairy Center for the Arts, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence over the weekend after Boulder police say a witness found him passed out behind the wheel of his Porsche.
Boedecker, 51, appeared intoxicated and was uncooperative at the time of his arrest Saturday evening, according to a police report, and he hinted to officers that country superstar Taylor Swift had, in fact, been at the wheel of his car.
According to officers, a witness called Boulder police when she saw Boedecker passed out at the wheel of a black 2010 Porsche Carrera with the engine running around 5:20 p.m. Saturday in the 3400 block of 22nd Street.
When police and paramedics arrived, they reported that Boedecker got out of the car, which was parked partly on the sidewalk. Officers noted in the report that Boedecker smelled of alcohol, had trouble keeping his balance and was slurring his words.
Boedecker told paramedics he was just taking a nap after going to a benefit, but he kept changing the time of the event from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m., according to the report.
He also alleged his girlfriend was driving but that they had gotten in an argument and she had left. When asked who his girlfriend was, Boedecker told the officer she was a "really (expletive) famous" singer, then asked the officer if he knew who Taylor Swift was, according to the report.
When asked where his girlfriend had gone, Boedecker pointed toward a nearby yard and told the officer she had gone to Nashville, according to the report. Police did not find a second person in the area.
Boedecker tried to get back into the car and told officers they could just mail him his "citation or whatever," police reported. He refused to perform roadside maneuvers.
According to the report, Boedecker was extremely uncooperative with officers throughout the incident, saying he was going to become "medieval" and that the arresting officer was now his "enemy for life." When asked to give his address, Boedecker replied, "I have 17 (expletive) homes," and also told the officers he would have their badges, according to the report.
Boedecker, a Fairview High and University of Colorado graduate, was one of the founders of the Crocs footwear company, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
Boedecker previously was arrested in 2006 on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing and threatening bodily injury after he was accused of calling his sister's ex-husband, Boulder defense lawyer David Moorhead, and saying, "I'm going to slit your throat."
Boedecker was given a six-month deferred sentence in that case. Crocs issued a statement saying Boedecker had resigned from its board of directors the day before the 2006 arrest.
He now is free on $500 bond. He could not be reached for comment Monday.