Alleged court dodger arrested again near Aspen
A man with four warrants for his arrest appeared in Pitkin County District Court on Monday after authorities pegged him for speeding Friday.
Eduardo Alvarez-Vazquez previously was arrested in January after he allegedly gave a cocaine-encrusted, fake driver’s license to a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy during a routine traffic stop. Authorities also allegedly found a plastic bag with more than 3 grams of the drug in the driver’s backseat.
That stop led to felony charges of cocaine possession and criminal impersonation for Alvarez-Vazquez.
Authorities say Alvarez-Vazquez skipped a court date for those charges, and at approximately 12:15 p.m. Friday, Deputy Ryan Turner pulled him over for allegedly driving 75 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone on Highway 82 near the midvalley.
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When asked his name, Alvarez-Vazquez wrote “Alan Alejandro Herber Lopez” on a notepad, Turner wrote in an arrest affidavit. Turner, however, remembered Alvarez-Vazquez from the January arrest. Turner then contacted the lead officer in the January arrest, Deputy Levi Borst, who provided the suspect’s actual name.
At Alvarez-Vazquez’s advisement hearing Monday, District Judge Gail Nichols set separate bonds at $10,000 for his two felony cases in Pitkin County — the January arrest and Friday’s arrest.
He also is wanted in Garfield County on a 2013 case and has a misdemeanor warrant in Pitkin County for failing to appear in court, said prosecutor Andrea Bryan.
“He has a clear disregard for this court’s orders and intentionally does not make his court dates,” Bryan said.
The hearing was held with a Spanish translator for Alvarez-Vazquez, who did not have an attorney. As of Monday, he remained in the custody of Pitkin County Jail.
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