Cops: Man hits sign, hides in brush |

Cops: Man hits sign, hides in brush

A 25-year-old Minturn man with a history of drunken driving was arrested on suspicion of DUI early Thursday after hitting a sign at the roundabout and attempting to hide from officers in the roadside brush, according to court documents.

David Gray first came to the attention of a taxi driver at about 12:25 a.m., who told police he saw him hit the sign and followed him up Castle Creek Road to the entrance of the Holden Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Pitkin County Court.

The driver reported seeing Gray run “across the road and into an embankment with high brush,” the affidavit states. An Aspen police officer who later arrived on the scene said he saw a footprint in the dirt of the embankment, called out Gray’s name and shined his flashlight into the brush.

The officer said he saw a “caucasion male wrapped around a tree facing away from me and attempting to hide,” the affidavit states. He asked Gray to come out of the brush, and Gray complied.

Gray failed roadside sobriety tests and later was found to have a breath-alcohol content of 0.145, nearly double the state drunken-driving threshold of 0.08, according to the affidavit. He was charged with DUI, driving with a restrained license because of a prior alcohol offense, failing to report striking a highway fixture and attempting to elude police.

Gray was convicted of driving while ability impaired in 2009 and DUI in 2011, said Sarah Talbott, an Aspen prosecutor. He also was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Eagle County on July 22, she said.

Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely ordered Gray held in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond Thursday.

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