Garfield County Crime Briefs: Too drunk to hear the sirens
Around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 19, a Glenwood Springs Police officer was approaching Cooper Avenue in the 100 block of Eighth Street, when another vehicle got to the intersection first.
The officer waited as the other vehicle had the right of way but it did not move. The officer flashed his high-beam lights, but the vehicle still did not move, according to an arrest affidavit.
The officer made it through the intersection with his emergency lights on and pulled up next to the vehicle. He rolled down his window and waved the driver to move through the intersection, but he would not. Only after the officer yelled “move” and waved his arms again did the vehicle move, states the affidavit.
The officer got behind the vehicle with his emergency lights on to pull the vehicle over as it proceeded across Grand to Midland Avenue. The driver would not pull over, despite the continued use of the patrol car siren.
The officer used his loud speaker to tell the driver to pull over, but this also had no effect, according to the affidavit. The driver continued west, but did not go over 40 mph.
A CSP trooper asked if the officer needed assistance, and the Glenwood officer asked the CSP trooper to try to head the vehicle off in front of him.
The vehicle made its way to the Interstate 70 Exit 114 south roundabout and then into the north roundabout. The CSP trooper was exiting the I-70 westbound off ramp and pulled in front of the vehicle.
Officers ordered the driver to exit the vehicle, but he continued to not comply. One of the officers had to physically open the driver door and pull him out, according to the affidavit.
He was placed under arrest and officers observed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. According to the affidavit, the driver kept saying that he had blown into a breath-testing device and that he was OK to drive.
He was arrested on a DUI and resisting arrest, among other charges.
Broken turn signal leads to drug bust
On Dec. 15, at around 11:30 p.m., a vehicle was stopped by Rifle Police officers on Railroad Avenue near the Kum & Go for a defective turn signal.
The driver said he did not have a driver’s license with him, according to an arrest affidavit. The officer ran the driver’s name through dispatch and he was the subject of a felony arrest warrant in Colorado and flagged because he was known by authorities to use illegal controlled substances. While eligible to have a driver’s license in Colorado, he showed up as suspended in Florida.
A passenger in the vehicle, who was trying to cover his face when officers approached, was the subject of a Rifle municipal warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of minor in possession, dispatch said.
Both individuals were placed under arrest.
One of the officers found a cell phone while conducting a search on the vehicle, and without manipulating the phone in any way read the message that appeared on the front screen, according to the affidavit.
The message requested the phone’s owner to “front” the person, which the officer believed to be related to illegal controlled substances. The officer photographed the phone.
The officer indicated he then noticed the tip of a plastic baggy protruding from the center console.
Based on everything he observed, the officer conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. The officer pulled the baggy from the console and found a large amount of white crystal substance, approximately the size of a golf ball, according to the affidavit. Also inside the baggy was another baggy with multiple small baggies. A digital scale was also found.
The suspect denied he was dealing. However, he was arrested for possession of more than 14 grams of a schedule II substance with intent to distribute, among other charges.
Firearm found during search
On Dec. 5, at around 3 p.m., Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Rifle to assist with an arrest on County Road 320.
When the officer arrived on scene, the suspect was in custody and law enforcement was searching through the suspect’s residence for contraband. The suspect told them a pistol was hidden under the side of the bed in his room, according to the arrest affidavit.
Officers located the firearm and found a magazine in the gun butt that had not been chambered. The magazine had eight rounds.
When officers ran the suspect through dispatch, they found he had an active warrant from the Colorado Department of Corrections Fugitive Extradition Unit.
Dispatch confirmed the 42-year-old man was a convicted felon with a criminal history of theft and burglary. He was charged with illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.
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