Aspen man in trouble after tirade against ‘tourons,’ officer
December 8, 2011
ASPEN – A judge gave an Aspen man a one-year deferred judgment in the wake of a drunken rampage in which he cursed out a police officer and flipped over a table near the downtown fire pit in, what he said, was an effort to scare some “tourons.”
William Graham, 28, apologized to the Aspen Police Department at the end of a hearing Wednesday in Municipal Court where prosecutor James True recapped the Nov. 26 incident that led to Graham’s arrest for disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty as charged.
“Honestly, the only part that I remember from that night is going to jail,” Graham told Judge Brooke Peterson.
According to a police report written by arresting officer Dan Davis, he first noticed Graham when he approached him from behind at the Gondola Plaza.
“Graham put his finger in my back and made the sound of a gun firing,” Davis wrote. “I turned around and saw Graham smiling.”
Davis let it go for the time being.
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“Graham just seemed to be drunk and goofing around,” the officer wrote.
But later Davis saw Graham flip over a metal table that was in front of a couple of visitors near the fire pit on Cooper Avenue. “Graham laughed and continued walking west,” Davis wrote.
“I asked him why he flipped the table over and he said he was drunk and trying to scare the ‘tourons,'” Davis wrote.
Davis then asked Graham to produce his driver’s license, only to learn it was suspended for an alcohol-related driving offense. The record check also showed that Graham is known as “an uncooperative, belligerent, nasty drunk.”
When Davis tried to confiscate Graham’s license, the suspect cussed him out and flipped him off, the officer wrote. He was arrested and taken to jail.
Graham told the judge he is addressing his alcohol issue and is doing better and is working. Peterson noted that the T-word is not exactly a term of endearment for Aspen guests.
“I take it you realize ‘tourons’ is pretty derogatory toward visitors,” Peterson said. “I’m pretty sure we’re all Aspen visitors and eventually leave.”
Peterson ordered him to pay $135 in court costs. The deferred judgment means that if he stays out of trouble for the next year the conviction will be expunged from his record.