Garfield County Crime Briefs: Says he didn’t drive … ‘Then how did your car get here?’ asks cop

Alex Zorn

Around 12:30 a.m. March 26, a Rifle police officer was dispatched for a welfare check at Kum & Go on the report of a male slumped over the steering wheel inside his vehicle.

The man had woken up and had entered store when the officer was en route, according to an officer’s affidavit.

The reporting party said the male was passed out, but woke up when he knocked on his window.

After running his name through dispatch, the officer learned that the 23-year-old suspect had his license revoked for criminal mischief and had six additional active restraints on his privilege to drive

The officer greeted the suspect a few minutes later as he walked out of the store, and first asked if he was OK, according to the arrest affidavit.

After a brief exchange, the officer told him that his license was revoked and that he couldn’t drive. The officer indicated the suspect was not free to go, and that he was investigating him for driving under restraint.

The suspect said he wasn’t driving. The officer responded that he was the only person in the car and that he believed he drove there.

After questioning the driver, the officer believed the suspect was making movements as if he was going to run, and he reminded the suspect that he was under arrest for driving under restraint, states the affidavit.

During a body search, the officer found two loaded syringes in his jacket pocket. He was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, among other charges.


A New Castle police officer was called to the Kum & Go at 9:30 p.m. March 24. The store clerk reported that a male individual had been in the bathroom for over 30 minutes and that he seemed to be on drugs or intoxicated.

When the officer arrived, the individual, 21, said he was using the restroom when they spoke through the stall, according to the affidavit.

During the conversation, the officer observed through a space in the door that the suspect had his pants fully on while sitting on the toilet, states the arrest affidavit.

The officer told him to come out, and he responded that he was not using the bathroom, but “just sitting here thinking.”

After he came out, the officer ran the suspect’s name through dispatch and he had a warrant on his name. He was placed under arrest.

After a struggle with the police officer, the suspect ran off and was not found until later that evening.

According to the affidavit, the suspect had left his backpack before running off. A search of the pack revealed drug paraphernalia, and he was later located and arrested on charges including resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer, among other charges.


Just before noon March 23, a Rifle police officer turned down in the alley in the 200 block between Whiteriver Avenue and East Street when he saw a male on a bike doing a hand to hand drug deal.

The suspected buyer jumped in the air when he saw the patrol car and began to ride away, according to the arrest affidavit.

The officer followed the biker down the alley into a parking garage.

The officer turned on his lights and told him to stop. The biker asked what he wanted and the officer told him he witnessed the drug deal.

The suspect tried to run when the officer reached out and grab his hand, states the affidavit.

The suspect, 54, ran around the back of the officer’s patrol car and then up the stairs toward the library. The officer said he witnessed the man throw something into the garbage can in front of the library.

The officer caught up to the man as he jumped up on a raised wall, according to the affidavit. After a chase, the suspect was eventually caught near the library and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

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