Crime Briefs: Parachute woman accused of driving over ex
A 36-year-old Parachute woman was arrested on an attempted vehicular homicide charge last week follow a spat with her ex.
Parachute police responded to reports of “trauma with injury” at the 200 block of Colorado Avenue, where the 36-year-old said her ex had jumped in front of her car after he realized she was leaving him.
The man offered a different story. The two were having an argument as she was about to leave in her green sedan.
A witness saw the incident and overheard the man asking his ex while she was in the driver’s seat if they could still work things out.
He heard the engine rev up and tried to jump out of the way. But the car was moving too fast. A tire caught his ankle and pulled him to the ground. He told police “she ran me down.”
He had cuts on one hand and abrasions on the opposite forearm, but he was mostly concerned about his injured ankle.
“She got mad at him, hit him with the car. I can see the car lift up as she ran over him,” the neighbor told police, according to an affidavit.
As she ran over him, she squealed the tires on the car, the witness said. The woman told him he needed to call the police, the witness reported.
“Are you going to at least stop and help me since you just ran over me?” the witness overheard the man say.
She was arrested on charges of attempted vehicular homicide, a class 5 felony; domestic violence, a class 5 felony; misdemeanor child abuse; and reckless driving, a traffic misdemeanor.
By Wednesday the district attorney reduced the charges to menacing with a weapon, a class 5 felony; and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Woman crashes chasing husband
A man called law enforcement July 9 to report that his wife had chased him in her car, “driving like a maniac,” and might have driven off the road on County Road 245.
Deputies found a white Nissan Juke on its side down an embankment, but they could not find the woman.
Deputies saw blood near the driver’s side window and on the tailgate, and they found a bloody marijuana container and a pipe in some debris.
Later the man said they’d spent the day shopping in Grand Junction and had some kind of a “scuffle.” The couple, married for 42 years, had also stopped at a winery.
He would only explain vaguely what had happened earlier in the day, one deputy wrote in an affidavit. While in their camper on the county road, he decided he wanted to leave.
The wife later said that he left unannounced during dinner. He got in his truck and started to drive away, but on the county road he saw that she was following him.
She said she was chasing him to find out what she had done to make him leave.
As he was driving away he heard branches breaking and saw dust in the air. He believed she had gone off the road, but he did not stop to check on her, according to an affidavit.
She told police that when she sped up to try to catch up with him, she lost control of the vehicle.
Deputies later found the woman back in the couple’s camper and arrested her on charges of criminal mischief, a class 5 felony; and misdemeanor harassment. Domestic violence could also be used as a sentence enhancer.
Squatters arrested near Rifle High
While investigating suspicious activity in Rifle, Garfield County sheriff’s deputies discovered a couple of women who’d been living in an abandoned house near Rifle High School.
One of the women, a 47-year-old, said they had been at the house for a couple of weeks, where they burned candles in the absence of electricity.
She and a 29-year old woman were arrested on first-degree trespassing charges.
At the jail, the 29-year-old made suicidal statements, prompting a strip search in which jail deputies discovered 10 small purple baggies of methamphetamine, about 18 grams in total, and a glass pipe hidden under her breasts.
She was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a level 2 drug felony; possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony; introduction of contraband, a level 4 drug felony; first-degree trespass, a class 5 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.
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