‘River bandit’ pleads guilty in four cases
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A man who evaded police by jumping into the Colorado River in April accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors Thursday in 9th Judicial District Court.
Dryden Kenneth McIntosh, 37, entered guilty pleas in four separate cases, two of which were felony charges: aggravated motor vehicle theft, and aggravated driving after revocation – habitual traffic offender. The other two charges were a misdemeanor vehicle theft and another misdemeanor theft charge. Some of the offenses happened close to two years ago.
The most recent charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft came from an incident where McIntosh reportedly stole a Honda dirt bike from Hi Points Motorsports in Glenwood Springs around April 4, 2009, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit stated that the motorcycle was left at the shop for service, and McIntosh cut through a chain-link fence to get the dirt bike.
McIntosh was arrested on an active warrant on April 6, after Glenwood Police spotted him walking along Devereux Road. He attempted to elude police by jumping into the Colorado River.
Police said that McIntosh jumped into the river, swam across it and crawled out near the West Glenwood Rest Area, then attempted to run across interstate 70 but turned around and jumped into the river to avoid arrest.
The river current carried McIntosh more than two miles down river where he was able to pull himself onto a rock in the middle of the river, just east of the South Canyon exit.
By the time rescuers reached McIntosh he was hypothermic. He was transported to Valley View Hospital and treated for hypothermia and minor cuts and bruises.
When 9th Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre asked why McIntosh agreed to the guilty pleas, McIntosh said, “Because I am guilty. And I apologize for my actions.”
McIntosh faces up to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
• In other court news, Judge Petre approved a bond reduction in the case of Danielle Marie Trujillo, 31, of Rifle. Petre agreed to reduce Trujillo’s bond amount from $50,000 to $30,000.
Trujillo’s lawyer, Carbondale attorney Kathy Goudy, argued for Trujillo to be released on a personal recognizance bond saying that Trujillo was not a flight risk. However, prosecutors objected.
Petre said that the seriousness of the charges against Trujillo and that she previously had failed to appear at court hearings in Mesa County on separate, unrelated charges, concerned him.
Trujillo remains in the Garfield County jail. She is charged with two counts each of possession of methamphetamine, distribution, possession with intent to distribute, and attempted possession, all felonies.
Trujillo was wrongly arrested in April 2008, by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) for distribution of Hydrocodone. Those charges were dropped by the District Attorney’s Office, and Trujillo was refunded close to $1,500 in bond money.
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