A charge of drunken driving lodged in Garfield County Court against Frank Smotherman of Carbondale was dismissed Jan. 24 by Judge Victor Zerbi, based on a motion filed by deputy district attorney Jason Jovanovich.-On Jan. 27, a car driven by a 16-year-old Battlement Mesa boy crashed and rolled on Battlement Parkway, ejecting the driver and one passenger and badly injuring a second passenger. The driver was allegedly speeding westbound when he lost control and hit a light pole. The vehicle rolled one and a half times, ejecting the driver and passenger Justin Tonder, 16, of Parachute. They suffered minor injuries.The other passenger, Tiffany Brown, 16, of Parachute, was trapped in the wreckage until emergency crews freed her. She suffered a broken arm.All three were treated at Clagett Memorial Hospital in Rifle. The accident remains under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol and charges are pending.-On Jan. 19 at 2 p.m., Silt police stopped a motorist for speeding. David Hunter Cline, 42, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, speeding and no insurance, and lodged in the Garfield County Jail.-On Jan. 22, Silt police arrested Tara Nichole Gallagher, 19, of Silt at her home on a felony warrant for burglary issued from Rifle. Gallagher was released on a $5,000 bond. -On Jan. 22, a motorist who drove his car onto the sidewalk on North 16th Street in Silt was searched and found to have a loaded pistol allegedly concealed in his jacket. Richard Howard Hall, 30, of Apple Tree mobile home park was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a concealed weapon.A passenger in his car, Tressa Loraine Marriott, 26, of Rifle, was wanted on two warrants for allegedly failing to appear on traffic charges. She was later freed on a $750 bond.-On Jan. 23, Silt police were called to the scene of a break-in and theft at a business and nearby home. Officers followed footprints in the snow to the Viking RV Park, and learned the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was investigating similar incidents there. The investigation led to two teens, 14 and 16, who allegedly entered two businesses and broke into vending machines, and also stole two motorcycles from a home.The youths, both already on probation, were taken into custody on suspicion of criminal trespass, auto theft, burglary, theft, and criminal mischief and lodged at Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center.-On Jan. 25, a Silt police officer spotted a motorist rolling through a stop sign. The officer arrested Jesse Garrett Smith, 20, of Silt on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, underage drinking, and running a stop sign.-On Jan. 23 at 11:25 a.m., Glenwood Springs police were called to a dispute at 2706 S. Grand Ave. Officers summoned Anthony F. Perno, 33, on suspicion of harassment and summoned William Grant, 42, on suspicion of disorderly conduct. Both men reside at the Grand Avenue address.-On Jan. 24 at 10:36 p.m., a Glenwood Springs officer spotted a motorist reportedly making an illegal U-turn in the 2000 block of Grand Avenue. A traffic stop revealed signs of alleged intoxication, and the officer took the 17-year-old driver into custody on suspicion of driving while ability impaired, underage possession of alcohol and making an unsafe U-turn.Another 17-year-old in the car was also found to be drunk, and was summoned for underage possession. Both boys were released to a sober party.-On Jan. 25 at 12:54 a.m., the bouncer at Club Cyrano in Glenwood called police to report that two men were found in the bathroom with suspected cocaine. Police found that one of the men, Gordon Cornelius, 23, of Manitou Springs, was also wanted on warrants for failure to appear in a drunk driving case and contempt of court.Cornelius and John Kleeman, 38, of Glenwood Springs, were both arrested on suspicion of possession, use and distribution of cocaine, and lodged in the Garfield County Jail.-On Jan. 26 at 9:21 a.m., Glenwood Springs were called to Sopris Elementary School to investigate a stolen wallet. A suspect was allegedly using the credit card in the wallet. The incident remains under investigation.-On Jan. 26 at 1:59 p.m., police were called to a home on Rey Road for a disturbance. The suspect ran from officers, but was apprehended. Dereck Douglas Hunt, 26, of Glenwood Springs was arrested on suspicion of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstructing an officer.
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