Aspen man in trouble after allegedly chasing ex-girlfriend, companion
December 16, 2011
ASPEN – An Aspen man faces what a prosecutor said are “very serious charges” after he allegedly tried to run into another man with his Jeep Cherokee, among other accusations.
Jamie Lee Patton, 24, will be advised by a district judge Friday on a host of charges stemming from an incident Thursday morning that prompted his ex-girlfriend and her male companion to rush to the Aspen Police Department and file a complaint, officials said.
Shortly later police arrested Patton at his workplace, CP Burger in downtown Aspen. Patton was cooperative and did not resist arrest, police said. He was booked into the Pitkin County Jail at 11:10 a.m.
“It sounds like a jealous boyfriend saw his girlfriend with another guy,” said Detective Ian MacAyeal, of the Aspen Police Department. “This kid freaked out and started chasing them around town. All I know is this guy faces serious charges.”
Details of Patton’s arrest were sketchy Thursday, but police and Arnold Mordkin, chief deputy district attorney, confirmed that Patton had been chasing the two both inside and outside city limits.
Patton is alleged to have thrown a wrench at the vehicle he was pursuing. And, Mordkin noted, the most serious charge likely will arise from Patton allegedly grazing the man with his Jeep while the alleged victim was outside of the vehicle.
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“If you try to run someone down with a car, that can be very serious,” Mordkin said.
The prosecutor would not discuss what counts Patton faces, only saying, “I’m contemplating very serious charges.”
The alleged victims were not injured, Mordkin said.
Bond was not set for Patton because he faces a domestic-violence charge, a jail official said. A judge cannot set bond for a domestic-violence defendant until he or she is advised of the charge in court. Patton also faces charges related to stalking, menacing, harassment by following, criminal mischief and driving under restraint.
But those charges aren’t as severe as other counts Patton might face, Mordkin said, adding that more details will emerge from Patton’s first court appearance on Friday.