Carbondale man arrested for shooting car with BB gun
A 24-year-old Carbondale man is facing a felony charge after allegedly shooting at a passing vehicle on Highway 133 with a BB gun late Saturday night, according to court documents.
Andrew Yager was arrested for discharge of a firearm, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and prohibited use of weapons. No one was injured in the shooting, though the BB shot hit the vehicle’s passenger-side door just under the window while a man was sitting in the passenger seat, according to a police report filed in Aspen District Court.
The incident occurred just before 11 p.m. Saturday as two Carbondale residents were driving from one of their houses to the other’s, the report states. They were headed from a residence up Highway 133 near Avalanche Ranch to a residence in Carbondale and had driven about 2 miles when he saw an SUV parked beside the road, according to the report.
“(The driver) told me as he passed the vehicle he noticed that the driver of the vehicle was pointing a rifle out the window,” Deputy Josh Bennett wrote in his report. “(The driver) told me he then heard a loud noise and was not sure what it was.”
The driver pulled over at the next pullout and discovered a BB shot in the passenger side door, the report states. The man “could not believe what happened,” so he turned around to return to his home, where there was cellphone service, and called police, according to the report.
However, when he turned into his neighborhood, he saw the same vehicle from which the shot was fired, jumped out of his car and confronted the two men in the SUV, the report states. Yager, the SUV driver, denied shooting the man’s vehicle and told him they were “all good,” according to the report.
“(The driver) told me he then noticed what appeared to be a rifle lying in the backseat of the car,” Bennett wrote in his report. “(The driver) told me he opened the rear passenger door of the vehicle and he grabbed the rifle.”
Yager and his passenger again denied shooting the vehicle, but also apologized and told the driver of the vehicle that was hit they “meant no offense.” The driver of the vehicle that was shot also noticed a large container of marijuana in the SUV’s center console and said the car reeked of marijuana, the report states.
“I asked (the driver) if they ever admitted to shooting the vehicle and he said they did but that they said they did not mean any offense,” according to Bennett’s report.
The man then drove his friend home to Carbondale, and Yager followed to the KOA campground, the report states.
“Yager told (a Garfield County deputy) that he was skateboarding when he was robbed at gunpoint by two men,” the report states.
Pitkin County deputies then went and retrieved the passenger of the vehicle that was shot, and had him walk past Yager. The passenger returned to deputies and said, “That guy says I robbed him, and that is definitely him,” according to the report.
Deputies then arrested Yager and took him to the Pitkin County Jail.
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.