Arraignment of former Aspen cop rescheduled |

Arraignment of former Aspen cop rescheduled

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The arraignment hearing for former Aspen police officer Jim Crowley has been rescheduled for next month, authorities said Tuesday.

Crowley, 43, was to be arraigned Monday in Garfield County Court in Glenwood Springs, but the arraignment was continued to May 18.

Greg Greer, a Glenwood Springs-based attorney who is representing Crowley, said the continuance was “just routine.” He did not elaborate.

The continuance marked the latest delay in the case that stems from the alleged alcohol-related arrest of Crowley last last summer.

Another delay occurred Jan. 15, when Garfield County Judge Paul Metzger ordered a special prosecutor in the case.

Metzger issued the order at the request of Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney, who said a special prosecutor was necessary, largely because Crowley is a witness in a number of pending cases in the 9th Judicial District.

At the time, it was believed the appointment of a special prosecutor would take four to six weeks. But the process took somewhat longer.

Deputy District Attorney Curtis Fleming was assigned the case in March. He is from the 21st Judicial District in Mesa County.

Fleming could not be reached for comment. However, his appointment set the stage for Crowley to be arraigned April 6.

The 18-year law enforcement career of Crowley ground to a halt after he was arrested Aug. 28 for allegedly driving a vehicle while his ability was impaired, and possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol. The arrest occurred after another officer said he detected alcohol on Crowley’s breath during a morning shift at the police station.

After Crowley, 42 years old at the time, met with his supervisors to report for duty on the morning of Aug. 28, he got the behind the wheel of a police vehicle while allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

That resulted in his arrest on two misdemeanor counts. Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor fired Crowley the following day.

The case was originally to be tried in Pitkin County. However the venue was changed to Garfield County in October after Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely stepped aside.

She filed a motion with the court disqualifying her.

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