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DUI suspect intends to defend himself

John Colson

A Russian-born Aspen man facing felony charges in Pitkin County District Court has said he will represent himself in his case.Konstantin Aleksa Krylov, who will turn 26 this week, appeared in 9th Judicial District Court on Monday to answer charges that he drove while intoxicated and was in possession of less than a gram of cocaine when a Pitkin County deputy sheriff stopped him Nov. 19 on Brush Creek Road.According to court documents, the traffic stop happened about 2:30 a.m., after the deputy allegedly saw Krylov’s car weaving.After allegedly detecting the smell of booze, the deputy had Krylov perform a roadside test and then arrested him on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.A subsequent search of Krylov’s car, the deputy said, turned up a “blueish-green bindle” containing a white, powdery substance the deputy believed was cocaine. A “bindle” is a folded, small paper envelope commonly used to sell small amounts of cocaine and other drugs.Appearing before Judge James Boyd without an attorney, Krylov told the judge, “I will represent myself” after Boyd asked why he had no lawyer. Boyd indicated he had urged Krylov to get an attorney when he first appeared in court in November and had postponed further action to give Krylov a chance to do so.The judge noted the “serious consequences” facing Krylov should he be convicted, including a potential prison term on the cocaine possession charge.”I would urge you to renew your efforts to hire an attorney,” Boyd said, promising to talk with the defendant at another time about the importance of having an attorney present during court proceedings.After setting Krylov’s next court date for Jan. 8, the judge gave Krylov permission to leave the 9th District to travel to New York City to meet some friends.In response to the judge’s order, Krylov filed a “waiver of extradition,” meaning he will not fight extradition to Colorado should the judge issue a bench warrant for his arrest for some reason.The form also indicated where he would be staying while in New York. Krylov listed St. Petersburg, Russia, as his birthplace.