On Sept. 30, Silt police were advised of a speeding and reckless motorist driving through residential areas late Monday evening. The responding officer reportedly observed the suspects peeling out and weaving on North 16th Street. To make matters worse, the driver allegedly switched places with his passenger in a failed attempt to avoid criminal charges. The reason for the switcheroo became clear when Dustin W. Mannon’s license was found to have been revoked due to a previous DUI charge. Mannon, 21, of Silt, was taken into custody and held long enough to be charged with driving under restraint and exhibition of speed.Passenger Tommaso Gallichio, 23, of Silt, was charged with false reporting for switching places with Mannon and for providing false information to the officer.-On Sept. 25, a motorist backing out of a parking space at Roy Moore Elementary School struck a parked vehicle and fled the scene without stopping to report the accident. Anyone having information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Silt Police Department.On Sept. 27, the parents of a Silt juvenile contacted police to report that another juvenile was verbally harassing her. The investigation revealed that the young teen suspect had shouted obscene language and slurs at the victim after previously having been warned by Silt police to refrain from doing so. The Silt youth was cited for harassment and released to his parents pending his court date.-On Sept. 27, a patrolling Silt officer checking on an unoccupied suspicious vehicle Friday afternoon on Horseshoe Trail discovered that it had been reported stolen in Rifle. The recovered vehicle was released to the grateful owner and the investigation turned over to the Rifle Police Department.-On Sept. 27, a Silt resident reportedly wanted on a Mesa County warrant for failing to appear on theft charges was taken into custody at the Silt Police Department on Friday. Karen E. Weller, 25, enlisted the aid of a bondsman in posting her $2,000 bond and was released pending her new court date.-On Sept. 28, Silt officers completing an unrelated traffic stop observed a vehicle allegedly being driven westbound in the eastbound lanes of traffic on Highway 6 & 24 (Main Street) in Silt. They were able to get the driver’s attention and stopped him before a potentially deadly head-on collision could occur. The investigating officers noticed indications that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and that half of his ten passengers were children (including two infants) who had not been properly restrained in seat belts or child safety seats. Some of the children were allegedly found to be sitting on the laps of adults who were in various states of intoxication and that the vehicle was designed to seat a maximum of six people. Based on the ensuing investigation, including a voluntary series of roadside sobriety maneuvers and a breath test, Hesiquio Solis-Rodriguez, 38, of Parachute, was arrested and lodged in the Garfield County Jail on charges of drunken driving, driving with excessive alcohol content, child abuse, failing to properly restrain the children and infants and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway.The investigation further revealed that none of the remaining adult passengers were licensed drivers. Accordingly, Silt officers safely transported all ten to their homes in Parachute.-On Sept. 29, a Silt resident called the police to report that they had been contacted by an acquaintance who verbally accosted them with threats and foul language. Officers left messages for the suspect suggesting that he turn himself in before a warrant was issued for his arrest. Jeffrey L. Amos, 30, of Garfield County south of Silt, ultimately reported to the Silt Police Department where he was charged with phone harassment and released on a summons pending his court date.-On Sept. 30, Silt police received information that a party wanted for failing to comply with his sentence for operating a vehicle or vessel without a permit was residing across from the police department. An officer found Michael Edward McCormick, 29, of Silt, in a back bedroom and took him into custody. McCormick posted his $1,366 bond through a bondsman at the Silt Police Department and was released pending his new court date.
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