Garfield County Crime Briefs: Breathalyzer refused, but intoxication admitted all the same
On Nov. 25, just before 6 p.m., dispatch was notified of an accident involving a vehicle vs. vehicle head on collision on Highway 6 in New Castle.
While en route the officer was notified that one of the drivers had left the scene in his vehicle.
The officer then made contact with the other driver involved in the accident who said when she asked the male driver if knew what he just did he immediately left the scene, according to the arrest affidavit.
She gave the officer a physical description of the individual, what direction he went and a physical description of the vehicle.
Officers located the vehicle in a ditch in New Castle a short time later, states the affidavit. Officers did not find the suspected driver at the scene.
The suspect was located with his dog in New Castle a short time later. He had blood on his face, smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsure how he got where he was.
The suspect said he had four beers and when asked if he’d be willing to perform a field sobriety test he responded, “no I’m drunk,” states the affidavit.
He was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, among other charges.
Six officers restrain man in New Castle
On Nov. 29 at around 6 pm, officers were notified of a drunk male in New Castle walking in the middle of the road. When officers arrived they saw an individual matching the description of the suspect walking in front of the Kum & Go in New Castle.
When officers tried to make contact with him he ran across Highway 6 to flee.
Officers made contact with the individual who said he had just gotten off work.
Officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. He was also unsteady on his feet.
When asked for identification he said, “you know who I am. I don’t have to give you my ID,” states the affidavit.
He then gave officers his wallet and when the officer asked him to hand him his ID he replied something that the officer was unable to comprehend. Officers tried to restrain the individual who became upset and started to pull away from the officers, states the affidavit.
He began to yell at pedestrians at a nearby gas station using vulgar language.
Dispatch advised the offices that the individual was suspended in California.
When officers tried to arrest him he began to kick at them. At one point the man wrapped his legs around one of the officers’ right leg and would not release it. Another officer attempted to apply a pressure point behind the man’s left ear, but it was unsuccessful, states the affidavit.
The man attempted to bite one of the officer’s arms and leg.
It eventually took six officers to get the man in the back of one of the patrol cars.
While in the back of the patrol jar the man threatened that he would “make sure all the cops would end up dead.”
He was arrested for assault in the second degree, among other charges.
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Update 6 a.m. Monday: I-70 eastbound was reopened between mile markers 105 and 114, New Castle to Glenwood Springs, just before 3 a.m. after an overnight closure due to a minor injury, multi-vehicle crash.