Crime Briefs: Man runs, sprays cars with fire extinguisher
Just two months after being sentenced for assault, a 36-year-old Glenwood Springs man was arrested again after authorities said he shattered windows at a local business and chased officers with a fire extinguisher.
In the arrest affidavit, an officer described arriving on the night of July 27 to find the man emerging from one of seven broken windows. When he spotted the squad car he ran forward, swinging the fire extinguisher and yelling, the officer wrote. Told at gunpoint to drop the makeshift weapon, he instead reportedly ran across Sixth Street in north Glenwood, spraying cars with the extinguisher and ignoring orders to stop.
Police followed the man to the former Glenwood Shell station, now vacant for bridge replacement prep work. There, an officer’s Taser reportedly malfunctioned, and police ended up tackling and handcuffing him.
He was arrested on suspicion of felony burglary, felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest, criminal tampering, obstructing an officer, theft and reckless endangerment. The damage was later estimated to amount to roughly $6,000. In assigning a $25,000 bond, Judge Denise Lynch indicated the incident would qualify for aggravated sentencing.
STOLEN CAR AND CHASE
Rather than face a speeding ticket, a 24-year-old Carbondale man made a run for it early on the morning of July 25.
According to the arrest affidavit, a deputy first clocked the Subaru Outback going 47 mph in a 35 mph zone on Catherine Store Road near Carbondale. As he passed the patrol vehicle, he then reportedly slowed to 12 mph before settling back to the speed limit. When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the driver accelerated up to 68 mph, drifting as it crossed the bridge.
The pursuit came to a halt as the Outback turned into a parking lot and traveled into a field. After calling for backup, the deputy found the car still running but empty. Following a search with a K-9 unit, an apparently intoxicated man in wet clothes was apprehended.
He blew .134 blood-alcohol content on a breath test but declined roadside maneuvers. A search of his person yielded two wallets — one with a license that didn’t belong to him and another, revoked, in his name. The car was later confirmed by the owner as stolen from in front of a home in Carbondale.
“I tried to get my life together, but it was in vain,” the man reportedly told the officer.
He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding and trespass, all felonies, as well as driving under the influence, driving under restraint, reckless driving, failure to report an accident, speeding, obstructing an officer, theft and criminal possession of an identification document.
‘I DON’T REMEMBER, OFFICER’
A 34-year-old Longmont man said he had only hazy memories of the previous night when he was accused of attempting to hotwire a pair of vehicles at a Rifle bank on the morning of July 28.
The crime was discovered when the assistant manager arrived to find one window shattered and the ignition torn out of two company cars.
“The cut wires looked consistent with someone attempting to hotwire a vehicle,” a Rifle police officer wrote in the arrest affidavit.
A search of the cars turned up a pill bottle, $1 bill, pair of blue sunglasses and a razor blade that hadn’t been there before. The pill prescription led to the Longmont man, who had made several attempts to obtain pain medication the previous day and had a warrant for his arrest.
Police contacted him later in the day, when he once again showed up at the hospital looking for pain pills, the affidavit says. He then reportedly told police that he had a vague memory of messing with wires in a car even though he didn’t know how to hotwire one. He observed that he had several small cuts on his hands and didn’t know where they came from, and claimed the blue sunglasses as his own.
He was arrested on suspicion of attempted motor vehicle theft, trespass and criminal mischief, all felonies, as well as failure to comply and failure to appear.
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