Crime Briefs: Man arrested for sex assault on disabled woman
A Rifle man was arrested on Aug. 13 after a disabled adult told police that he had sexually assaulted her.
The woman, who had limited motor skills and difficulty speaking, told police in a forensic interview that the assaults had occurred several times over the course of the summer. A hospital examination found evidence of assault which, according to the arrest affidavit, a nurse described as “some of the worst she has seen in a while.”
The man is currently being held at the Garfield County Jail with a $201,000 bond on two counts of sex assault and crimes against an at risk adult, both felonies.
ROLLOVER LEADS TO FELONY DUI
Colorado’s new felony DUI bill came to roost in Garfield County on Aug. 8, when a 38-year-old Glenwood man rolled his car on Highway 82.
The man, who had six prior DUI convictions, was transported to Valley View Hospital where police noticed the strong smell of alcohol, his arrest affidavit says. He declined to submit to a blood test or roadside maneuvers and told police to direct any questions to his lawyer.
Upon his release, he was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence as well as misdemeanor driving with a revoked license, failure to provide insurance and careless driving.
HEROIN FOUND ON ERRATIC DRIVER
When Glenwood Springs police attempted to stop a swerving motorist on Aug. 24, the 50-year-old driver didn’t stop right away.
Instead, the woman led them to the Wal-Mart parking lot, where she explained she was late for work. According to her arrest affidavit, that’s when an officer noticed a needle in her purse.
A search of the car yielded a fully loaded needle of heroin, 1.5 grams of heroin in baggies, and a pill identified as a schedule III painkiller. Drug experts later determined that the woman appeared to be coming down from heroin use.
She was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, and careless driving.
MAN FLEES, GETS IN MORE TROUBLE
An attempted traffic stop for a missing plate in Parachute turned into a search when the driver ducked into a gas station and fled out a side door on the evening of Aug. 26.
The 27-year-old Grand Junction man, who had his license revoked as a habitual traffic offender, was soon apprehended nearby. According to his arrest affidavit, he smelled strongly of alcohol but refused roadside maneuvers or a breath test. He also threatened one of the officers and fought and kicked once placed in a patrol car.
He was arrested on suspicion of felony driving while revoked, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and open container.
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