Man who allegedly rammed truck into Parachute pub appears for advisements |

Man who allegedly rammed truck into Parachute pub appears for advisements

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Branden Derrick Chee

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Parachute man arrested for allegedly trying to run down four people with his pickup truck appeared in court Wednesday.

Branden Derrick Chee, 22, is charged with felony counts of attempted vehicular homicide, menacing, criminal mischief, and also faces lesser charges of third-degree assault, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Chee was arrested after police found him unconscious in the driver’s seat of a Chevrolet Silverado, which was still running, parked in front of his Parachute apartment.

The truck matched the description of a truck that rammed into the Grand Valley Pub and Grille shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 27. Four people were standing out front of the bar when Chee allegedly rammed into the building.

According to the arrest affidavit, several witnesses told police that Chee had been drinking and became aggressive prior to the incident at the bar. Witnesses reported that Chee became upset when he was asked to leave the bar. Witnesses told police that Chee then began punching people in the parking lot and then got into his truck, and drove it into the entrance of the establishment. Allegedly, Chee backed up, then rammed into the establishment a second time before driving away.

One of the witnesses, Clint Pontius, told police that he believed that Chee was trying to kill them, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit stated that Chee also became aggressive toward officers while waiting for an ambulance to transport him to the hospital to be checked out. The affidavit stated that Chee began beating on the hood of the truck and took a swing at an officer, with his hands cuffed in front of his body. An officer then Tased Chee in order to cuff his hands behind his back.

Chee remains in custody on $30,000 bond.

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