Crime Briefs: Here’s my meth; please don’t arrest me
A Garfield County deputy pulled a gun and called for backup after Christopher McDermott hesitated to turn over his knife and, according to the deputy, resisted arrest early on the morning of May 13.
Confronted on suspicion of involvement with a series of thefts near Rifle, McDermott, 24, told police he’d been arguing with the driver of a nearby silver SUV before she pulled over and let him out. Facing charges for drug possession from earlier this year, he begged not to be arrested and turned over 12 grams of methamphetamine.
A search of the vehicle yielded an open bottle of rum and a small bottle of schnapps.
McDermott was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, obstructing a peace officer and violation of bond conditions.
The driver of the SUV, 26-year-old Katreece Strzesak of Rifle, failed roadside maneuvers and declined to take a breath test, and was arrested for driving with a revoked license, open container and driving under the influence.
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$301 AND 170 GRAMS OF POT
When a state trooper confronted Ryan Brodbeck about a suspicious smell during a traffic stop, Brodbeck produced a small container of marijuana but neglected to mention the seven large glass jars of marijuana in the trunk.
Brodbeck, 29, of Glenwood Springs, admitted to smoking about an hour before his red Cadillac was pulled over for a cracked windshield on Highway 82 early on the morning of May 2. He failed roadside maneuvers and declined to submit to a chemical test.
A search of the car yielded 170 grams of pot, a grinder, and $301 in $1 bills.
Brodbeck was arrested for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving under the influence and driving without a license.
SAW IN TRUNK,
GUN IN BACK SEAT
After a Rifle resident reported seeing four men in a gold Chevy steal something from a neighbor’s car, police spotted a similar vehicle speeding away from the scene.
Joseph Jimenez, 20, Glenwood Springs, smelled of alcohol and became upset and “verbally abusive” when he was pulled over and questioned, prompting pair of officers to escort him to a patrol car.
A search of the Chevy revealed a $950 demo saw, later confirmed as the stolen item, in the trunk, and a sawed-off shotgun in the back seat.
Jimenez was arrested for felony trespass, possession of a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor theft, resisting arrest, driving under the influence, careless driving and failure to provide proof of insurance.
FORMER TENANT HAS YARD SALE
Note: All charges were later dropped in this case.
A Rifle family in the process of moving began receiving calls from neighbors after their former renter, 53-year-old Paul Seelig, was observed running a yard sale at their old house.
The homeowners returned to find $1,100 in jewelry missing. When confronted by the family, Seelig reportedly responded with curses and threats. He later told police that they owed him money.
Seelig was arrested for felony burglary and felony theft.
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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