Events near Aspen schools may spur charges |

Events near Aspen schools may spur charges

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times

A 24-year-old man whose distressed calls to 911 dispatchers on Friday morning led to a law-enforcement pursuit of him on Maroon Creek Road and a lockout at the Aspen School District campus faces criminal charges, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

James R. Regan, 24, was arrested Friday, jail records indicate. He was held at the Pitkin County Jail on a $100,000 bond over the weekend and faces an advisement with Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols sometime today.

“Charges may be pending,” Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said Sunday evening. “I met with (prosecutor) Andrea Bryan on Friday, and we talked about it. Basically there are some criminal charges and mental-health issues he’s facing. I do know that Judge Nichols is going to address the criminal charges in the morning.”

Jail employees said they were unable to publicly release an address for Regan. On Friday, Undersheriff Ron Ryan said Regan is a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, but Ryan did not specify where in the valley Regan lives.

One worker at the jail said Regan was facing the following charges: vehicular eluding, reckless driving, speeding and obstructing a police officer. The list of charges could change during today’s advisement hearing with Nichols, depending on recommendations from the District Attorney’s Office and also what the judge believes is valid.

Just before 7 a.m. Friday, local emergency dispatchers began receiving calls from a man who said he was armed and anticipating a confrontation with law enforcement, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The man said he was at several locations, and Aspen Police Department and Sheriff’s Office personnel began a search around Aspen and unincorporated portions of Pitkin County.

Authorities located the man around 8 a.m. about two miles up Maroon Creek Road. Once they reached him across from Aspen Highlands, he drove farther up Maroon Creek Road. Authorities said he eventually stopped and got out of the car. When he ignored the commands of officers, they used beanbag rounds to subdue him and took him into custody, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

No firearms were found at the scene, but officials did discover a knife, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The man was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital with minor injuries. On Friday, Ryan said investigators were still trying to determine whether drugs or alcohol was involved.

The Aspen School District campus, which was locked out around 8:15 a.m., is close to where the incident occurred. During a lockout, no one is allowed to enter or exit any campus buildings. Classes continued as normal during the lockout, which ended around 8:30 a.m.

Officers from the Basalt and Snowmass Village police departments assisted, authorities said. A Sheriff’s Office patrol supervisor said Sunday that the investigation is ongoing.

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