Flashing brake lights tip off police
Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies on Feb. 15 arrested a Carbondale man on an outstanding warrant from Pitkin County, after they found the man sitting in a “suspicious vehicle” at the Catherine Store park and ride lot at the intersection of County Road 100 and Highway 82, according to information from the sheriff’s office.
Jose Eliego Lopez-Perez, 26, of Glenwood Springs, reportedly was the passenger in the vehicle, and allegedly had failed to appear for a court hearing in Pitkin County on charges of driving under restraint and speeding.
He was taken to the Garfield County Jail and booked on the failure to appear warrant, which carries a bond of $330.
Sheriff’s office spokesperson Tanny McGinnis explained that the vehicle involved was parked, but the brake lights were flashing on and off, leading deputies to conclude that there may be suspicious activity going on inside the vehicle.
Garfield County deputies dealt with several domestic-violence related cases over the past several days, resulting in the arrests of two women and two men in different incidents and on various charges.
A Parachute woman was arrested on Feb. 13 and charged with child abuse and harassment, after an incident that involved Garfield County deputies and officials at the Parachute Police Department.
According to a report by McGinnis, Amanda Rose Chenoweth, 22, was involved in what McGinnis termed a “rolling domestic” on I-70 near mile marker 79.
Deputies met the parties involved in the incident at the Parachute Police Department, according to McGinnis. The investigation “determined that a domestic [violence incident] did ensue” and officers arrested Chenoweth on charges that included child abuse, reckless endangerment and harassment.
Chenoweth was taken to the Garfield County jail that day, but was later released on a personal recognizance bond by a judge, according to personnel at the jail.
No further information on the matter was available from the sheriff’s department.
The sheriff’s department reported three other arrests over incidents involving various charges resulting from alleged domestic violence incidents, including:
• James Nicholas Loftin, 32, of Glenwood Springs, arrested on Feb. 13 at shortly after 9 p.m., as a result of a report of trespassing.
• Jared Nathan Burke, 18, of Parachute, arrested on Feb. 13 on a Garfield County warrant for harassment and domestic violence.
• Roberta Raye Lavender, 45, of Silt, arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment on Feb. 11 after deputies responded to an accident on I-70 near Rulison.
Editor’s note: These reports are provided by the sheriff’s department and should not be viewed as indications of guilt of those named. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty in court.
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