George Boedecker, Crocs co-founder, pleads guilty in "batsh*t crazy" Taylor Swift DUI
Big photo below.
Last September, Crocs co-founder George Boedecker pleaded not guilty in a DUI case the previous month that, according to a police report on view below, he initially blamed on a "batshit crazy" Taylor Swift. Well, never mind. Boedecker has now admitted his guilt in the matter and been sentenced for an incident whose details are flat-out hilarious -- although undoubtedly not for him.
At 5:17 p.m. on August 12, as we've reported, a Boulder Police officer was dispatched to the 3400 block of 22nd Street on a report of a male passed out in the driver's seat of a still-running Porsche.
Before the officer arrived, the man, later identified as Boedecker, 51, managed to rouse himself and walk away from the car. But he didn't get far, since Boulder emergency personnel were also called to the scene. By the time the officer arrived, one EMT had already settled on a diagnosis. "He's drunk as crap," she said.
Later, the police report recaps the EMT's first encounter with Boedecker while in the company of a paramedic. Initially, she said, Boedecker insisted that he'd merely pulled over his car in order to take a nap. But then he announced that his girlfriend had been driving and she was "batshit crazy."
The officer subsequently chatted with a witness -- but as he was doing so, he spotted Boedecker moving away from the ambulance and trying to get into the Porsche, a key in his hand. Given that Boedecker reportedly reeked of alcohol, the cop quickly put a stop to any potential escape plan and asked for his driver's license. He then inquired as to whether the address on the license was current, to which Boedecker is said to have replied, "I have seventeen fucking homes."
That spurred a followup question about whether the address on the license was his primary residence. "That's the only one you fucking need," Boedecker allegedly answered.
Next came Boedecker's tale about what had led him to his current location. The narrative quotes him as saying his girlfriend had driven them there from a benefit at 11:30 p.m. the night before. He added that they'd gotten to an argument, prompting her to exit the Porsche and run off.
The story shifted after that, with Boedecker saying they'd actually driven to the area at 11:30 a.m. But he adamantly denied he'd been driving, even though the aforementioned witness had seen him behind the wheel.
Finally, the main event: The document reports that after being quizzed about his girlfriend and her whereabouts, Boedecker said she was a singer and "really fucking famous" -- and then wanted to know if the officer was familiar with Taylor Swift.
If the cop broke out laughing at this point, he leaves that part out. Instead, he recalls asking again where the girlfriend/Ms. Swift was, after which Boedecker "gestured casually towards a neighboring yard, and said she was in Nashville."
As the questions continued, Boedecker allegedly became irritated, declaring that he'd had it with the cop's "fucking questions" and warned him that things were about to get medieval -- or, as it's spelled in the report, "mid-evil." He refused to participate in voluntary roadside tests ("your fucking maneuvers," he's said to have called them), kept interrupting during the Mirandizing process to say that he knew his "fucking rights" and advised two officers to "go fuck yourselves in the ass."
The blood draw process didn't go much smoother. According to the narrative, Boedecker responded to an unheard statement by a Boulder County deputy by exclaiming, "If you didn't have that fucking gun, I would!" He also dubbed the reporting officer an "asshole," referred to him as his "enemy for life" and said he hoped the cop would "fucking die."
After these tales broke, Boedecker, assisted by a public-relations firm, became considerably more contrite. A statement released shortly thereafter read in part, "On behalf of the Boedecker Foundation and Mr. George Boedecker Jr., we acknowledge and regret the incident of Aug. 12 in Boulder, Colorado, between our founder, George Boedecker Jr. and the Boulder Police Department."
This tone is similar to a statement issued after Boedecker reversed his previous not-guilty plea in court yesterday. "I have pleaded guilty to the charges, and I accept responsibility for my actions and the resulting consequences," it reads. "I am prepared to honor my legal obligations and accept my sentence."
Not exactly an apology, but betcha the cops he'd verbally blistered weren't expecting one.
His punishment reportedly involves two years of probation, including a thirty-day in-home-confinement order that will require him to be fitted for an electronic monitor, plus 96 hours of community service, a $600 fine and alcohol-treatment classes.
He'll be allowed to serve his sentence in Tennessee -- home state of a certain Ms. Swift. Watch your back, Taylor!
Look below to see Boedecker's booking photo and the the assorted police reports.
George Boedecker, Jr.
More from our News archive: "Crocs blocked: How one wrong word cost the company $230,000."
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Westword's biggest stories.