Hit-and-run leads to probation
October 4, 2005
A man arrested on drug charges in February 2004 after a hit-and-run wreck in Aspen was sentenced to two years of probation after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.Fredy Orellana-Romero, 24, was one of four men in a car involved in an accident, which a RFTA bus driver reported to police, on South Monarch Street.Police arrested all four men after cocaine was discovered in their pockets and on the floorboard of the car.Orellana-Romero, a passenger in the car, was found with a folded paper envelope, known as a “bindle” containing 0.34 grams of cocaine, in his pants pocket. Police found a total of 22 bindles in the car, but none was proven to belong to Orellana-Romero.Prosecutor Andrew Heyl recommended that Orellana-Romero be sent to prison, but defense attorney Jeffrey Wertz noted that his client had “cooperated” with police on the case and that none of the other men arrested that day had been sent to prison.The judge agreed that probation was an appropriate sentence in the case and granted Orellana-Romero six days’ credit for time served in the Pitkin County Jail. Orellana-Romero also must perform 60 hours of community service by Oct. 19; submit to random drug tests; not possess or use illegal drugs during the term of his probation; and undergo drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment as determined by the probation office.