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Garfield County Crime Briefs: Knife, foul mouth leads to Taser deployment

At approximately 7:57 p.m. Monday, a deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a disturbance call near Parachute where a “male was outside screaming and brandishing a knife,” according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

Upon arriving at the address, witnesses advised that the 63-year-old male who was allegedly screaming and brandishing a knife had returned to the inside of his residence.

The deputy advised the subject’s 81-year-old mother to exit the house for her own safety. The subject’s mother further advised that her son was not in the house but rather in the shed.

After locating the subject near the shed, deputies were met with numerous obscenities from the man as he approached them.

After reportedly being told to “stop,” numerous times, a deputy deployed his Taser for his own safety as the subject continued to make threatening comments and walk closer.

The subject was then arrested and transported to the Garfield County Jail.

“After entering the town of Glenwood Springs at the 116 exit [the subject] began spitting in the compartment of my patrol vehicle,” the officer also reported.

The man was subsequently booked and charged with harassment (strikes, shoves, kicks), harassment (obscene language, gestures) menacing (aggravated – weapon), third-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.

‘MONSTER ENERGY,’ AND METH

At approximately 8:48 a.m. March 7, a trooper with Colorado State Patrol clocked a gray sedan traveling 102 mph westbound on Interstate 70 near milepost 88, according to an affidavit in support of a warrantless arrest.

The vehicle took the West Rifle exit and parked beneath an overpass, at which time the trooper activated his emergency lights and made contact with the 19-year-old, male driver.

According to the affidavit, the driver’s 52-year-old father was asleep in the backseat. Upon waking up, the father said that because he was fast asleep he was unaware how fast his son was driving: 27 mph over the speed limit.

After running the driver’s information, dispatch advised that the 19-year-old had a felony warrant out for his arrest in Broomfield County and was subsequently placed under arrest.

The trooper then returned the 52-year-old male’s license, which was cleared, and advised him that while his son was going to jail, he was free to go.

“I began walking away from the vehicle when I asked [the 52-year-old male] if he [would] voluntarily allow me to search the vehicle,” the trooper stated in the affidavit.

The man agreed, and the search of the vehicle’s interior subsequently turned up a “small clear bag with white crystals/powder,” a pipe with “white and brown residue on the inside consistent with methamphetamine,” and another small clear plastic bag with a “white/purple powder substance,” which the trooper suspected was more methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Upon searching the rental car’s trunk, the trooper “located a black bag with a green M on the front consistent with the Monster energy drink brand.”

Inside the black bag, the trooper indicated he found copious amounts of marijuana, a broken glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue and a glass bulb-type mechanism.

When questioned, the subject’s father said the black bag belonged to his son.

The 19-year-old was booked into the Garfield County Jail on unlawful possession of any material, compound, mixture or preparation that contains Flunitrazepam, Ketamine, or a Schedule I or II Controlled Substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; speeding (25-39 mph over the maximum 75 mph limit), and reckless driving.

mabennett@postindependent.com