Aspen cops blotter: drinking, driving | AspenTimes.com

Aspen cops blotter: drinking, driving

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Aspen police officers Rick Magnuson and Matt Burg were at Belly Up Aspen when they were contacted by the manager about a man who was underage and allegedly drunk.

The officers contacted the man, Joel Issac Parada, 20, and saw that he had a large “X” on the back of his hand. The symbol is used in the nightclub to identify people younger than 21 years old. Officer Magnuson arrested Parada, and attempted to take him to a squad car.

Parada allegedly resisted, and Burg had to assist. Parada was then taken to the Pitkin County jail, and booked for resisting arrest and possession of ethyl alcohol by an underage person.

ASPEN ” Aspen police officer Levi Borst was headed eastbound on Highway 82 when he observed an unauthorized vehicle traveling in the bus lane. He initiated a traffic stop at Highway 82 and Stage Road, and made contact with the driver, Evan Francois, 23, of Aspen. The officer detected the odor of alcohol while speaking with Francois. Borst then asked Francois if he would be willing to perform some roadside tests.

Francois agreed, failed the tests and was taken to the Pitkin County jail. He was booked for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with excessive alcohol content, failing to drive in a designated lane and driving a vehicle with his license under restraint.

ASPEN ” Aspen police officer Kirk Wheatley was on patrol when he saw a red Toyota pick-up truck weaving across a dividing line in the road. He then stopped the vehicle at Cemetery Lane and Power Plant Road.

When he made contact with the driver, Brian Wilson, 31, of Fruita, Colo., the officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage. He asked Wilson to perform some voluntary roadside tests.

Wilson agreed, failed the tests and was taken to the Pitkin County jail. He was booked for driving under the influence of alcohol, and failure to drive in a single lane.

ASPEN ” Mark Stephen Michalenko, a habitual traffic offender, was arrested after Aspen police received an anonymous tip about him driving a vehicle away from his home.

Officer Jeff Fain located the vehicle, and initiated a traffic stop in the 38900 block of Highway 82. The driver, identified as Michalenko, was arrested.

A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a marijuana pipe and marijuana.


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