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Underaged New Year’s Eve party in Glenwood Springs leads to arrests

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A New Year’s Eve drinking party at which several minors and underaged adults were discovered to be intoxicated resulted in two people being arrested on felony charges and sent three people to the hospital, including a police officer who was injured during the incident, Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said.

Glenwood Police were called to a noise complaint around 2:20 a.m. Saturday, New Year’s morning, at the Cottonwood Landing apartments on Woodberry Lane, near the 27th Street/Midland Avenue roundabout.

“Officers found beer cans in the driveway and laying on the snow, and could see through the curtains that there were people dancing and drinking inside,” Wilson said.



Several juveniles who appeared to be drunk were also observed leaving the residence. The officers knocked on the door and eventually contacted the 20-year-old female host who also appeared to be intoxicated, he said.

She reportedly provided the name of her father, who owns the house but who was not present at the time, according to Wilson.



Inside, officers encountered approximately 45 underaged individuals who had been drinking, as well as a large amount of alcohol and drug paraphernalia. Some of the attendees were also found to be in possession of various amounts of marijuana, Wilson said.

Officers began breaking up the party and advising anyone under 18 to call their parents to come get them.

“At one point, one of the young men apparently decided he was not going to be arrested and pulled away, sending three of our officers tumbling down the stairway and injuring one of them,” Wilson said.

The officer was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries and missed a day of work, but was back on the job Monday, Wilson said.

Two persons at the party, one male and one female, were reportedly intoxicated to the point that they were unresponsive. They, too, had to be taken to the hospital, he said.

It took police close to two-and-a-half hours to clear the scene, but eventually three arrests were made, including two involving felony charges.

Alexander Gabriel Heinig, 20, of Carbondale, was arrested and taken to the Garfield County Jail on charges of felony criminal impersonation, for allegedly providing a false name to police, possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, and a felony charge of introducing contraband into the jail, for being in possession of drug paraphernalia when he was booked. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, and underaged possession and consumption of alcohol. Heinig was released on $8,400 bond.

Also arrested was Tess Marie Freeman, 20, of Glenwood Springs, on charges including contributing to the delinquency of minors, a felony, plus illegal underaged possession and consumption of alcohol. She was released on $5,050 bond.

A misdemeanor summons for underaged consumption and possession of alcohol and marijuana possession was also issued to Hannah Kristine Thimsen, 19, of Glenwood Springs, according to police reports.

“There were probably 20 to 35 more people needing a summons for underaged drinking, but with the injured officer and the people needing to be taken to the hospital we didn’t get to them all,” Wilson said.

“I would call it an open-ended case,” he added. “We will be considering follow-up to contact and cite others who were at the party.”

jstroud@postindependent.com


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