Crime Briefs: Erratic driver busted for smoking pot with teens
Garfield County deputies arrested a 26-year-old Parachute man after finding him smoking weed with two 16-year-olds, according to an affidavit.
He was first spotted the evening of Dec. 13 in a white Honda Civic after he turned right through a red light at the intersection of County Road 300 and an Interstate 70 exit ramp. He apparently pulled out closely enough in front of a deputy’s cruiser that the officer had to brake to avoid crashing into the Honda.
Afterward, with the deputy’s cruiser following, the Honda Civic slowed down to 20 mph in a 35 mph lane, straddling two lanes at times.
When the deputy pulled the car over, he noticed that the driver had red and squinty eyes, according to an affidavit.
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“The driver also appeared to be squinting at me even though I did not have a light in his eyes,” the deputy wrote.
With him in the car were a pair of 16-year-old boys who later told police they’d been smoking marijuana with the driver, according to the deputy.
Officers later found a grinder and a glass pipe, both containing marijuana.
When the driver opened his glove box to get his registration, the deputy saw a Springfield XD45 handgun, which the deputy then secured.
The Parachute man also had a warrant for assault out of Mesa County, and the deputy called in backup.
Officers arrested him on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; weaving on the road; driving with a restrained license; no insurance; driving with an open marijuana container; and driving under the influence.
SHOPLIFTING LEADS TO AUTO THEFT CHARGE
Wal-Mart security caught a Montana man stealing food and clothing, and Glenwood Springs police later arrested him for also stealing a truck, according to police.
Officers were initially dispatched for a shoplifting call at the Glenwood Wal-Mart. A Wal-Mart loss prevention officer spotted the suspect stuffing a shirt in his satchel, in which he also saw food.
The store officer detained the Montana man after he’d left the building without paying. He uncovered $32.18 worth of merchandise the 20-something was taking, according to police.
Glenwood Springs polices later found another $24.05 in merchandise on the suspect.
The man also had multiple extraditable warrants out of Montana for burglary, according to an affidavit.
The responding officer also recognized the Montana man as a suspect from a motor vehicle theft case in November. Glenwood officers were called for a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup with Montana plates abandoned in the Wal-Mart parking lot.
The truck was reported stolen from Bozeman in late October.
Video surveillance showed a man similar the Montana man’s description standing next to the stolen truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot, and later leaving it there.
He was living nearby in a tent, according to an affidavit.
Telling police that he’d stolen the food and merchandise because he’d fallen on hard times he added that “the legal system in Montana is a ‘trap’ and he ‘just ran.’”
Glenwood Springs police arrested him on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor theft.
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