Drinking incident lands NEPSA star in protective custody
October 6, 2006
Police arrested Wyatt Stasinos, 18, whose film earlier took third in the NEPSA Awards, on suspicion of underage drinking at the Sky Hotel after-party. Aspen police took Stasinos into protective custody because of his high level of intoxication and later released him into his parents’ custody.
Police were called to the scene of a disturbance at the hotel at 1:30 a.m. Witnesses allege that Stasinos struck John Spriggs, another filmmaker, and a melee broke out in the Sky Hotel bar.Because of lack of information there are no charges in the scuffle at the bar. Stasinos is charged with underage drinking.
Police questioned the 18-year-old Spriggs and fellow filmmaker J.R. Martinez, 20, in front of the hotel. Officer Robert Fabrocini said the two produced false identification, and officers issued each a summons.Spriggs did not want to press charges against Stasinos, and no one was forthcoming with information about the incident. Witnesses said the two had a confrontation and Stasinos punched Spriggs in the face.During the investigation, Officer Walter Chi saw Stasinos, whom he knew by sight from previous occasions, on the ground floor.
Fabrocini heard voices from a ground-floor room, according to police reports. Fabrocini knocked, identified himself, and the occupants opened the door. Fabrocini said Stasinos was obviously intoxicated and unable to make clear decisions or form sentences.Stasinos was cooperative, however, and was taken into protective custody at the county jail until his parents could pick him.
Security guards at the all-ages event checked identification and gave bracelets to legal-aged drinkers. The fake IDs that Spriggs and Martinez used, the officer said, were very good, and he does not fault hotel security for the incidents of underage drinking or for the fight. Fabrocini said the Sky Hotel hosts many large events and security does a good job. Charles Agar’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.