Crime Briefs: He brought a baseball bat to a pickax fight
Rifle police arrested two women Tuesday after they chased a man around the Budget Star Motel parking lot in Rifle with a pickax, pepper sprayed him and stole his wallet and cellphone, according to an affidavit.
One of the women believed the man had stolen items from her storage unit, and when the pair spotted him driving in town the decided to tail him, they told police.
When he pulled into the Budget Star Motel parking lot, they drove in after him and got out of the van to yell at him, according to the affidavit.
He denied having stolen anything, wouldn’t let them look in his car and grabbed a baseball bat. One of the women responded by grabbing a pickax and chasing him around his car, police said.
The other woman went into his car and took his wallet and cellphone, he later told police. When he approached her to take his things back, he said, she pepper sprayed him. At some point the driver also crashed her van into his 1991 Cadillac Deville, the affidavit sad. One of the women was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespassing, a felony, and misdemeanor theft. Arrest information was not available on the other woman.
Police bust truck window
Garfield County deputies were called to a feedlot on County Road 331 near Silt early in the morning Feb. 4 for reports of a suspicious vehicle driving off-road around the property.
Deputies saw multiple vehicle tracks throughout the field and eventually found a parked 2005 Ford F-150 with a 42-year-old Rifle man inside. The man would not respond to the deputies who were trying to communicate with him, according to an affidavit.
After failed attempts to communicate with the man, officers contacted his family and learned he was a diabetic “known to abuse methamphetamine by injection,” according to affidavit. They also suspected he was suicidal.
Dispatch also received a 911 call from that area, but the voice on the line was faint and the caller said he was having an emergency.
The deputies were concerned the man was having a medical emergency, so one broke the driver’s side window with fencing pliers. They arrested the man and found 1.3 grams of methamphetamine in the truck. He was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal trespassing with intent to commit a felony, which is itself a felony, possession of a controlled substance, another felony, and the misdemeanors of obstructing a peace officer, driving under the influence and reckless driving.
Lovers’ QUARREL leads to felony
A New Castle woman faces a felony criminal mischief charge following a suicidal episode on the 109 overpass in late January.
The incident started when the woman rammed her van into the back of her boyfriend’s Jeep going about 70 mph on Interstate 70, the boyfriend told police.
Later, arguing with her boyfriend near the bridge at exit 109 on I-70, the woman fled toward the overpass, threatening to jump off, according to Garfield County deputies.
Her boyfriend chased after her to keep her from going over. He grabbed her in something like a Heimlich maneuver, but she responded by hitting him in the head and face, breaking his headlamp and glasses. The woman was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, a class 6 felony, misdemeanor harassment and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Domestic violence will be considered for sentencing purposes.
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