Aspen cop blotter: Trouble with alcohol
ASPEN ” A man who allegedly had too much to drink at Belly Up Aspen was arrested after police say he refused to leave the nightclub.
Aspen police officers Kirk Wheatley and Leon Murray went to the bar after receiving a report about a trespass in progress. When the officers arrived at the bar, 450 S. Galena St., an employee said the man was intoxicated and harassing a female patron.
The man, identified as Joao Ricardo Garcia, 19, was asked to leave by an employee. He was also asked to leave by the officers. Garcia apparently declined both requests. That turned out to be a bad move.
The officers escorted Garcia out of the bar, and he was arrested. At the Pitkin County jail, he was booked for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol and third-degree criminal trespassing.
ASPEN ” An early morning altercation at a hotel landed an Aspen man in jail after he was arrested for antagonizing a guest.
Aspen police officer Kirk Wheatley responded to the Tyrolean Lodge, 200 W. Main St., regarding a report of an allegedly intoxicated man banging on guest-room doors.
Wheatley met with the hotel manager, who said a guest complained the suspect, Keith Ames, 40, woke him up by knocking on his room door. When the guest answered the door, Ames reportedly yelled at him.
Wheatley found the suspect and arrested him. Ames was taken to the Pitkin County jail, where he was booked for disorderly conduct.
ASPEN ” Aspen police officer Tina Schairer responded to the scene of an accident at the roundabout, where she discovered a black pickup truck stuck in a snow bank.
When Schairer contacted the driver, identified as James Richard Nickerson, she allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Schairer requested that Nickerson, 35, of Glenwood Springs, perform some voluntary roadside tests.
He agreed, but failed the tests and was arrested. He was taken to the Pitkin County jail, where he was booked for driving under the influence of alcohol and exceeding safe speed.
ASPEN ” A report of several people arguing at the John Denver Sanctuary led to the arrest of a man who apparently took one swig too many.
Aspen police officer Ian MacAyeal responded to the location, where he saw an individual, Michael Lane Ball, 44, apparently try to stand up, then stumble and fall to the ground. The officer also observed a bottle of whiskey on the ground where Ball had fallen.
Ball apparently took a drink from the bottle after the fall and was arrested. He was taken to the Pitkin County jail and booked for drinking liquor or possession of an open container on public property.
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