Glenwood man pleads guilty to felony menacing
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Glenwood Springs man accused of trying to run over a man with his truck and threatening sheriff’s deputies with a shotgun pleaded guilty Thursday.
Gary Hazelhurst, 55, pleaded guilty to felony menacing, resisting arrest, harassment, and criminal attempt to commit third-degree assault, as part of a plea deal offered by prosecutors in Garfield County District Court.
Hazelhurst was arrested on May 1, after authorities were called to a disturbance at the H Lazy F mobile home park located at 5387 County Road 154, south of Glenwood Springs.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hazelhurst struck 22-year-old Victor Moreno in the knees with his white Toyota pickup while Moreno walked to the residence of one of Hazelhurst’s neighbors in the trailer park.
The reported stated that Hazelhurst yelled, “Mexicans, leave from here,” and other obscenities as he approached Moreno.
Several witnesses reported that they had seen Hazelhurst attempt to “run over” Moreno, according to the affidavit. One witness reported to authorities that he saw Hazelhurst get out of the vehicle and approach the house Moreno was at, and that he heard Hazelhurst yell, “Go back to your country.”
When deputies arrived and tried to place an intoxicated Hazelhurst in handcuffs, Hazelhurst resisted and ran into his residence, the report stated. A few minutes later, Hazelhurst reportedly returned with a double-barreled shotgun and told deputies, “How do you like this?” Then he returned inside his residence and refused to come out.
After nearly an hour deputies were able to calm Hazelhurst down, they entered the residence and placed him under arrest.
Hazelhurst was originally charged with 10 offenses including first-degree assault on a police officer, bias-motivated crime, and prohibited use of a weapon. Those charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Hazelhurst is due back in court for sentencing in November. He faces up to three years in prison for the felony menacing charge alone.
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