Man pleads guilty in ‘banzai run’ case |

Man pleads guilty in ‘banzai run’ case

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

An Aspen man who police said made a drunken “banzai run” off Seventh Street the wrong way up the wing street beside the Grand Avenue Bridge pleaded guilty to two charges Thursday.Michael Dufresne, 25, pleaded guilty to motor vehicle theft and driving while ability impaired. But he’ll likely receive a deferred judgment and sentence on the motor vehicle theft charge, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.Dufresne was originally held on suspicion of driving under restraint, harassment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, false imprisonment, aggravated motor vehicle theft, reckless driving, DUI, hit-and-run, and second-degree assault.On Aug. 6 around 3 p.m., Dufresne was traveling the wrong way up the one-lane, one-way wing street next to the Grand Avenue Bridge, police said.He crashed a white Mercedes Benz SUV into a car under the bridge, causing damage to three cars. He then proceeded up the wing street and crashed into a concrete structure, and stopped only after a man parked a truck in his way and, with a nearby business owner, pulled Dufresne out of the vehicle and held him down on the ground until authorities arrived, police said.Dufresne’s girlfriend told police he threatened her with a knife in the car just before the incident, and that she got out of the car and called police when Dufresne found spare keys and drove off, police said.Police said Dufresne smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and was screaming that he wanted to be shot when they arrived.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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