Crime Briefs: Traffic on Hwy 82 thwarts fleeing driver
A 42-year-old Denver man didn’t make it far out of town in what turned out to be a anti-climactic high-speed chase the evening of Dec. 27.
A Glenwood Springs officer in a parked patrol car on the 2500 block of South Glen Avenue clokced a gray Hyundai hatchback gong 76 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Following the vehicle south out of town, he clocked the driver doing up to 90 mph and weaving between lanes.
The Hyundai kept speeding down Highway 82 while the officer was trying to pull him over. Soon Garfield County sheriff’s deputies and Carbondale police were assisting.
But at the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 133, the fleeing driver was blocked by stopped cars in all lanes. Carbondale police had blocked off Highway 133 leading to Carbondale.
Police found a glass pipe inside a cigarette box, though he denied any drug use other than having “a couple of beers,” according to the affidavit.
The Denver man was arrested on charges of felony vehicular eluding, along with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with restrained license, driving under the influence and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
Officer dodges kick
A 22-year-old Glenwood Springs woman took a shot at an officer’s groin after being arrested for attacking friends in a belligerent, intoxicated episode early Dec. 27, according to police.
Glenwood Springs police responded to the 1000 block of Grand Avenue when the woman’s sister called in that she was attacking her and her boyfriend.
The arrest affidavit in the case noted that police had been on prior calls with this woman involving violence and suicidal tendencies.
As police tried to question her she was screaming and crying, and she refused to give her name, according to the affidavit.
After agreeing to calm down and be taken to the hospital, she suddenly stood and made for the door, according to police.
“I forced her to sit own and she then cussed at me and kicked me in the leg near the groin causing me pain,” the officer wrote in an affidavit.
Later, when she was being booked into the Garfield County jail, she gave her sister’s name.
She was arrested on charges of second-degree aggravated assault on a police officer and criminal impersonation, both felonies.
Man threatens wife
A 33-year-old man from Park City, Kansas, was arrested the afternoon of Dec. 27 after breaking a restraining order requiring him to stay away from his wife.
Pulling up to her on the street, he forced her to get in his truck and then took her phone away and took the battery out. The woman resisted getting into his truck because of the restraining order, but he grabbed her and put her in the truck anyway.
The two talked in truck in a park for about 1½ hours before he let her go.
The woman told police that her husband “made statements that if they could not be together he would put both of them down,” according to the affidavit.
His arresting charges included second-degree kidnapping, a felony, and violating a restraining order, a misdemeanor. Domestic violence would be used for sentencing purposes.
Glenwood Springs police are looking for information on a snowboard and other gear stolen from outside a residence near 10th street and Blake Avenue.
Police believe the thief or thieves made off with the equipment between 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. the night of Dec. 12.
The snowboard is a 162-centimeter Antic with orange graphic on the bottom that say “RIDE ANTIC” It also bears a gray “W” sticker and a Green Dragon sticker.
Also taken were a pair of brown leather Burton snowboarding boots, size 10.5, and a pair of black Ride LX1 snowboard bindings.
If you have information on the theft, call Glenwood Springs police at 970-384-6500 or leave a tip at glenwoodpolice.com/crime-tips.
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