Crime Briefs: Teen overdoses on cocaine near Glenwood |

Crime Briefs: Teen overdoses on cocaine near Glenwood

Ryan Summerlin

Garfield County emergency responders were dispatched the morning of Dec. 3 to a drug overdose on the 5400 block of Garfield County Road 154 near Glenwood Springs.

A 19-year-old man was reported to be lying face down in the dirt, nose bleeding and with white powder on his face. When law enforcement arrived, he was walking in the middle of the county road.

“Traffic was halted in both directions, and many of their occupants had exited their vehicles,” according to a deputy’s report.

Deputies called for the man to turn around and walk toward them, which he did.

“His face was gaunt and pale. There was a significant amount of white powder on his nose, forehead and on his cheeks. There was also dirt in and around his nostrils. His jaw seemed to be locked in an uncontrollable spasm. He kept repeating an unidentified phrase,” an affidavit in the case said.

The teenager was detained without incident. Loading him into an ambulance, a deputy felt the 19-year-old’s pulse, which “felt profoundly and alarmingly elevated.”

The young man appeared violently and irrationally afraid, a deputy wrote.

A man who lives nearby told investigators the 19-year-old fell in a ditch and appeared to try to swim in the dirt.

Nearby, authorities found two bags containing 16.55 grams of cocaine, which a witness said fell out of the 19-year-old’s pocket.

After being released from Valley View Hospital, he was arrested on charges of unlawful dispensing of more than 14 grams of cocaine and possession of cocaine, both felonies.

Christmas party CHOKING

Garfield County deputies responded to a residence off Garfield County Road 115 near Glenwood Springs after a woman reported that her ex-boyfriend had thrown her across the room and choked her.

The suspect, a 34-year-old man, told deputies that the couple had been seeing each other off and on for about six months.

After a company Christmas party in Glenwood Springs where they’d been drinking, the two got into an argument and separated.

At the party, the man was drinking from an extra flask and was getting drunk, the woman later told deputies. She said his behavior reflected poorly on the company, according to an affidavit.

Later in the night he drove back to his residence, putting his vehicle in a ditch on CR 115 and walking part of the way before getting a ride home from a neighbor.

Back at his residence, he began drinking heavily, according to an affidavit. He attempted to wake his girlfriend up, but she “freaked out again, started yelling and screaming, and she said she was going to call the cops,” he said.

She said she awoke to the man pulling her out of bed and into the hallway, she told deputies.

They argued; she tried to leave. But he stood in the way and kept her from leaving the house, she said. He pushed her with “his whole force,” climbed on top of her and choked her with one hand on her throat while his other hand covered her mouth, she said.

She told deputies that she “laid there in fear for her life” because “she was unable to breathe and was unable to counter (his) strength and size.”

He later kept a cell phone away from her to keep her from calling police, according to the report.

The deputy reported seeing abrasions on her arms and shoulder. And on her neck, inner lip and lower eyelid, he noted petechiae, which are small red spots of blood in the skin that are signs of asphyxiation.

The 34-year-old man was arrested on charges of second-degree assault and false imprisonment, both felonies; along with the misdemeanors harassment and obstruction of telephone services.

Domestic violence was applied as a sentence enhancer.

retribution over break-up

Garfield County deputies were called to a disturbance on Bryan Loop near Parachute on Dec. 2 after a woman reported that two men had broken into her home and were attacking her grandson.

Arriving on scene, a deputy found a 25-year-old man with a bloodied and bruised head, according to the deputy’s report.

The assailants, the man said, were his ex-girlfriend’s brother and another man. He told the deputy that he had kicked her out of the house earlier in the day “because she was a junkie and was shooting up,” according to an arrest affidavit.

The ex-girlfriend later said that the 25-year-old had pulled a knife on her.

A neighbor told investigators that the couple were always fighting and screaming at each other. He suspected the two to be methamphetamine addicts, according to a sheriff’s report. He had seen the boyfriend screaming at the woman and throwing her belongings into the yard. A couple of weeks prior the neighbor heard the woman say that the boyfriend had hit her.

The woman’s brother was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, a class 3 felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.


Garfield County deputies responded to a domestic violence call Tuesday afternoon on the 1500 block of Garfield County Road 226 near Rifle.

When a 21-year-old man’s girlfriend was trying to wake him up to get a ride to a cell phone signal, he grew angry and began choking her to the point she began to pass out.

A deputy, who later stopped the man in a gold Ford F-250, discovered that he had a restraining order barring him from “assaulting, threatening, abusing or harassing” the woman.

He was arrested on charges of felony second-degree assault, as well as harassment and violating a restraining order, both misdemeanors. Domestic violence was added as a sentence enhancer.


A woman staying at the Glenwood Suites was arrested on drug distribution charges after hotel staff called in suspicious activity Dec. 4.

Glenwood Springs police received a report that a lot of traffic was coming and going from a room there, and drug activity was suspected.

Speaking to two women who were staying at the hotel, an officer saw on a bookshelf a plastic bag containing a leafy green substance and a clear crystal-like substance, suspected to be methamphetamine.

Searching the room, officers found various drugs and paraphernalia: a bong with white residue, a pill bottle with 11.6 grams of amphetamine, and a scale covered in a thin layer of white residue.

They also found a tin containing several pills that are controlled substances: Clonazepam, Valium, Xanax, buprenorphine and Vyvanse.

One of these women, known by police to sell methamphetamine and various pharmaceuticals, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute, three counts of possession, both felonies; misdemeanor possession and petty offense possession of drug paraphernalia.

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