Aspen man arrested on DUI charge after second traffic stop
Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man Wednesday with a history of DUI and drug use and charged him with felony DUI, according to court records.
Kent Muer, 41, was pulled over twice on Highway 82 after a deputy saw him weaving and crossing the center line, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.
During the first stop, which occurred near the Pitkin County Landfill, Muer satisfactorily completed roadside sobriety tests and a had breath alcohol content of zero, the affidavit states.
“I allowed Muer to return to his vehicle and advised that I would follow him to his destination in the Aspen Airport Business Center,” Deputy Kent Taylor wrote in the affidavit. “Muer stated that was fine and he would ‘tighten it up.’”
However, Muer continued weaving and drove close to a dump truck in front of him, so Taylor pulled him over again just east of Brush Creek Road and Highway 82, the affidavit states. The deputy then arrested Muer — who was noted as a drug abuser in law enforcement records — for DUI and asked him to submit to a blood test, according to the affidavit.
Muer refused the test. He was charged with felony DUI because his record indicted he had been convicted of the charge on three previous occasions, according to the affidavit. Under Colorado law, a fourth DUI or more counts as a felony. He also was charged with failure to drive in a single lane.
Muer has been arrested several times since Christmas 2015 for drug possession and other charges. His last arrest before Wednesday occurred in March when he revoked his own bond, returned to the Pitkin County Jail and was later found to have smuggled drugs into the facility.
District Judge Chris Seldin sentenced him to two year’s probation in June, saying he wanted to give Muer one more chance.
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