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Drunk, violent Aspen bar patron arrested

An overly intoxicated 24-year-old man challenged a local bartender to a fight, spit on a doorman and kicked a cop before finally being taken to jail Monday night.

Dwayne Johnson, whose hometown information was not available Tuesday, was charged with felony assault, harassment, resisting arrest and trespassing after the incident at Eric's Bar in downtown Aspen, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.

Aspen police were called to the bar at 11:40 p.m. about a man who "went at" a bartender. They found Johnson in a back stairway trying to get back into the bar with a ripped shirt, a golf-ball sized lump on his forehead and without shoes, according to the affidavit.

"I asked Johnson to tell me what happened, which he refused to do, partly out of anger and partly out of his inability due to intoxication," Aspen police Officer Lauren Sumner wrote in the affidavit. "His speech was very slurred and he was unable to stand still."

Johnson walked away from officers, then swung his arms at them when they tried to stop him. After the officers finally got him in handcuffs, Johnson began hurling racial insults at one officer and threatening him, the affidavit states.

The bartender told police that Johnson walked into the bar and "was screaming and hitting the wall," according to the affidavit. The bartender said he told Johnson to leave, but Johnson instead dropped bags he was carrying and said he wanted to fight. The doorman said he tried to calm Johnson, but Johnson spit on him and challenged him to a fight.

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Johnson later kicked an officer who was trying to seatbelt him into a patrol car and was combative with jail officers as well, according to the affidavit.

jauslander@aspentimes.com