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Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen police arrested a local man Saturday night for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a police officer.

Todd Wagner, 35, of Aspen, allegedly kicked an Aspen police officer in the groin during a struggle on the balcony area above Kemo Sabe on the Cooper Avenue Mall. The alleged assault occurred when police tried to place him under arrest for possession of cocaine, a class 3 felony, according to Gary Kalkman, patrol supervisor.

“We’ve been asked to keep an eye on that balcony, because people had been leaving trash and beer cans up there and hanging out,” Kalkman said. “Two officers spotted two people up there and went up and found two men seated at a picnic table there with a pile of white, powdery substance in front of them with a rolled up dollar bill.

“The officers told Wagner that he was under arrest and he started resisting and another officer, who came to assist, got kicked in the groin area by Mr. Wagner,” Kalkman said.

The other individual was not arrested, Kalkman said. “Wagner said [the substance] was his and that his friend had nothing to do with it.”

The substance tested positive for cocaine back at the station, according to Kalkman.

The officer who was kicked by Wagner is OK, Kalkman added.

As of Sunday afternoon, Wagner remained in custody in the Pitkin County Jail on a $14,000 bond, according to jail officials.


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