Aspen man arrested; allegedly punched cop
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN ” An Aspen man was arrested Tuesday night on charges of striking a police officer after he allegedly attempted to flee Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was being treated for unspecified conditions.
Bill Wayne Sluder, 31, was charged with second-degree assault and taken to the Pitkin County jail about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police had contacted Sluder earlier in the night in downtown Aspen and said he had appeared very intoxicated.
Later, about 11:30 p.m., Sgt. Rob Fabrocini and officers Chip Seamans and Matt Burg responded to a disturbance at the hospital where they found Sluder being combative with doctors and nurses, according to a police report.
When confronted, Sluder allegedly struck one of the officers (though police would not say whom) and ran for the door.
The three officers restrained Sluder, arrested him for second-degree assault and took him to the jail, police said.
Police reported no serious injury to the officer.
Sluder was released Wednesday morning on a $5,000 bond.
If convicted, Sluder faces a mandatory five-year sentence on the assault charge.
Officer Jim Crowley said the second-degree assault charge, which is usually reserved for cases of serious bodily injury, is mandatory with any assault on a police officer.
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