Crime Briefs: Intoxicated man starts fight at wrong house
At approximately 12:53 a.m. Oct. 20, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of two male parties fighting outside of a trailer off U.S. Highway 6 outside of Rifle.
Upon seeing officers from the sheriff’s department and Rifle Police Department, both men separated. The 36-year-old male who called the police in the first place was wearing a white t-shirt covered in blood markings and also had a split bottom lip, swollen jaw and a bleeding cut on his neck.
According to the arrest affidavit, the 36-year-old male had called dispatch after a 26-year-old male had knocked on his door asking where a female he was looking for was. After repeating numerous times to the man that he had the wrong residence, the 26-year-old, who “appeared to be very intoxicated, and (emitted) the strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage,” grew angry and attempted to force his way into the trailer.
At this point, the 36-year-old pushed the 26-year-old outside and shut the door behind both of them, which led to the two men fighting. After being struck in “the face, head and neck numerous times,” the 26-year-old continued attacking the 36-year-old and pushed him through the residence’s shut door.
After stating he was going to call the police, the 26-year-old, “walked out of the doorway and fell down the steps of the porch. He then began to leave, and fell in the driveway,” before returning back to the front door of the residence.
Upon questioning the 26-year-old, officers were met with repeated “nada” responses before stating he had just been drinking with a friend, pointing at the 36-year-old, and that nothing had happened. The 36-year-old told officers, along with having no idea who the female the 26-year-old was looking for was, “he also had no idea who [the 26-year-old] was, and that he slightly recognized him from a job site they may have worked together at a previous date out of town, but he did not know his name.”
The 26-year-old male was arrested and transported to the Garfield County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, two counts of assault in the third degree (simple), and criminal mischief, less than $300.
Pullover reveals cocaine in $10 bill
At approximate 2:30 a.m. Oct. 21, a Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a car for speeding outside of New Castle. When the driver rolled down his window the deputy, “immediately detected the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle.”
After the deputy ran the 27-year-old male and the 24-year-old passenger’s information, dispatch informed that both parties were revoked and that the 27-year-old driver had a warrant out of Garfield County.
After the driver was asked to step out of the car, he eventually complied, but refused to conduct, “voluntary maneuvers,” and was placed under arrest.
When officers returned to the vehicle to inform the passenger that the driver was under arrest, officers noticed a “near full Modelo can on the floor of the driver’s seat,” as well as a “small clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be a white powdery substance in plain view.”
The passenger informed officers he was just getting a ride. Eventually, the 27-year-old driver consented to have officers search the vehicle, as well as a breath test. The driver was later transported to Garfield County Jail where detention deputies “discovered a ten-dollar bill inside of his wallet that had been folded down into a tight square behind one of the folds in his wallet.
“Upon unraveling the ten-dollar bill, they discovered that it contained a line of a white powdery substance,” which later tested presumptive positive for cocaine. The driver also blew a “BrAC of 0.100.”
The 27-year-old was charged with unlawful poss. of a controlled substance, introducing contraband in the first degree, drove vehicle while revoked as habitual offender, drove vehicle with excessive alcohol content, open alcoholic beverage container-motor vehicle, speeding 10-19 mph over the speed limit and warrant arrest.
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