Aspen man cited after driver says he threw snowball at taxi |

Aspen man cited after driver says he threw snowball at taxi

ASPEN – High Mountain Taxi drivers are still feeling the presence of rogue cabbie Phil Sullivan – even if he’s not on the streets.

Aspen police cited Dustin Timothy Fletcher, 26, of Aspen, just before midnight Sunday on suspicion of throwing a snowball at a taxicab, yelling “F— High Mountain Taxi!” and muttering something about Sullivan, according to a police report.

Sullivan was released Thursday from Pitkin County Jail after serving a term for violating a judge’s court order to stop accepting tips from passengers. The judge said he was not allowed to take gratuity because he did not have the licenses required to operate a cab service by the Public Utilities Commission.

In the days leading to Sullivan’s sentencing hearing last month, a group of High Mountain Taxi drivers also wrote a letter to the judge, Gail Nichols, asking that he be punished for violating the injunction.

Meanwhile, Officer David Rosselot wrote that Fletcher was ticketed because he threw either a chunk of ice or a snowball, as well as a cup of beer, at a cab driven by Erica Cleaver. Cleaver told police that Fletcher yelled obscenities at her, and she told him not to throw things at the taxi and that she was simply doing her job.

Cleaver said that after the alleged snowball or ice chunk hit her windshield, she pursued Fletcher on foot. Officers also received a call about the incident, tracked Fletcher down in the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall and cited him for violating a city code that prohibits the throwing of stones, snowballs, missiles, etc.

Cleaver also told police that she wanted to pursue charges against Fletcher “as she felt harassed because she was simply trying to do her job (and) felt attacked because of his ‘political’ beliefs about High Mountain Taxi,” the report says.

Fletcher was cooperative with police and admitted throwing a snowball but denied Cleaver’s allegation that he tossed a beer cup at the cab.

He’s due in court Feb. 15.

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