Jacobson to pay for cell damage, plead in December
The Aspen Times
Former Snowmass Village Town Councilman Chris Jacobson must come up with the money to pay for damage he did to a Pitkin County Jail cell before he is allowed to take a plea, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Jacobson, who is charged with drunken driving and felony criminal mischief, was set to take the plea Wednesday in district court in Glenwood Springs. However, his attorney, Arnold Mordkin, said Jacobson didn’t have the thousands of dollars he will need to pay for the jail cell damage he caused after he was arrested for DUI because he hasn’t yet received a settlement from his recent divorce.
“There’s a plea offer on the table and I’m positive my client will accept it,” Mordkin told District Judge Denise Lynch.
He requested another 30-day continuance, and Lynch rescheduled the plea for Dec. 2.
Jacobson was arrested June 26 for DUI after a police officer saw his car weaving on Brush Creek Road in Snowmass Village. He was transported to the jail, where he peed on the floor of a cell, cussed out jail officers, repeatedly banged on the cell door and windows and had to be forcibly restrained in a chair.
In addition, he tore off pieces of the cell’s rubber wall, exposed electrical wiring and damaged lights in the cell, causing what officials said at the time was between $14,000 and $15,000 in damages.
Jacobson’s transgressions in the cell were caught on a jail surveillance camera.
On Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Anne Norrdin said a plea offer to Jacobson dated Aug. 20 said he would owe about $14,500. However, the newest estimate is closer to $13,000, she said.
The final cost of fixing the cell damage was $13,248, according to documents from Pitkin County’s Facilities Management Department. A contractor charged $12,325 to repair the damage to the padded cell, while the rest was labor and materials costs incurred by the facilities staff, according to the documents.
Further details of Jacobson’s plea offer were not available Wednesday.
Jacobson was booted from office earlier this month in the first-ever recall election in Snowmass Village history.
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