Aspen visitor’s late-night ride ends with guilty plea
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN ” An Aspen visitor, who took an ill-advised ride on a motorcycle after a night on the town in August, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Pitkin County Court to reduced charges stemming from the alcohol-fueled incident.
As a result of his misdeeds, Neal Gordon Littlejohn, 26, was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation and ordered to undergo 24 hours of education classes on alcohol and drug use.
Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely also sentenced Littlejohn, a Miami resident, to do 24 hours of public service, and fined him $100 plus court and other costs. Court costs were estimated to be in the range of $500 to $700.
Littlejohn, who was represented by defense attorney Theodore Hess, pleaded guilty via telephone to driving while ability impaired, and operating a motorcycle without license. He originally faced multiple charges, including motor vehicle theft.
Littlejohn was arrested at 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 31 after he was pulled over by Aspen police in the 500 block of Hyman Avenue for allegedly violating traffic laws. Hess suggested at Tuesday’s hearing that Littlejohn was a victim of happenstance.
He said a man on a motorcycle came up to Littlejohn, and offered to let him take it for a ride. The apparent offer was extended after Littlejohn had attended a concert with some friends and consumed some alcohol beverages, including beer.
A short while later, Littlejohn was pulled over and arrested.
In other court news:
A sentencing hearing was reset to Jan. 27 for Pennsylvania resident Robert Docchio, who pleaded guilty in October to alcohol-related charges that stem from an arrest in April.
He is expected to receive an undetermined jail sentence.
Also, a man arrested in July for driving while ability impaired by alcohol or drugs and later convicted of the offense was granted work release Tuesday by the judge.
Charles Schweers, 42, who has been jailed since mid-September, sought the release in order to pursue gainful employment, according to earlier testimony.
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