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Jacobson defaults on business loan

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

The bad news just keeps on coming for Snowmass Village Town Councilman Chris Jacobson.

The latest bit involves a $200,000 business loan Jacobson and his ex-wife, Heidi Zuckerman, took out in 2007, according to court documents. The loan was supposed to be paid back by May but wasn’t.

Alpine Bank received a default judgment last month in the amount of $195,121 signed by District Court Judge Jonathan Pototsky. The Jacobsons put up their house in Snowmass Village as collateral on the loan and court documents indicate that the bank is seeking to garnish Zuckerman’s wages as director of the Aspen Art Museum.

A phone message left for Zuckerman on Friday was not returned, while Jacobson did not respond to an email sent Friday seeking comment.

Jacobson, 50, took out the $200,000 business loan in May 2007 as president of Greenspot Inc., according to court documents. By the time it came to maturity in May, the unpaid principal balance was $184,776, the document states.

Both Jacobson and Zuckerman were served with copies of the bank’s complaint in late May and early June, the documents state. Neither ever responded or appeared in court to answer the bank’s claims, so the judge signed the order, which also included $6,682 in interest, $3,303 in attorney’s fees and $359 in related costs.

Jacobson was arrested for driving under the influence June 26 after a Snowmass Village police officer allegedly saw his car weaving on Brush Creek Road. After he was taken to jail, he allegedly caused between $14,000 and $15,000 worth of damage to a jail cell at the Pitkin County Jail.

Video released by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office showed Jacobson tearing off pieces of the isolation cell’s rubberized walls, exposing live wiring and damaging lights. In addition, Jacobson cussed out officers, banged on windows and urinated on the floor, according to the video.

Jail deputies later had to strap him into a restraint chair.

He was charged with felony criminal mischief for the jail cell damage.

Jacobson also is the subject of a recall campaign in Snowmass Village.