Man charged with child abuse and drunk driving |

Man charged with child abuse and drunk driving

A Woody Creek man was arrested and charged with child abuse after allegedly driving drunk with three children last week.John J. Beetham, 55, was pulled over by police while driving on Brush Creek Road last Friday just after 10 a.m. According to a police report from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, a breath sample taken from Beetham at 11:18 a.m. at the Pitkin County Jail measured his blood alcohol content at .222 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .1 percent.According to the police report, Beetham was wobbly on his feet when he exited his Dodge Durango, and police saw three juvenile boys sitting in the car. The report says Beetham fumbled with his wallet slowly to give police his driver’s license, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.When Beetham allegedly refused to perform voluntary roadside maneuvers for police to test his sobriety, police arrested him immediately, and had to hold the suspect by his arm to steady him as they walked.After taking the breathalyzer test, Beetham was issued a summons for three counts of child abuse for the children who were in his car. He was also summonsed for speeding, driving under the influence, and driving under the influence with excessive alcohol content on his breath.According to the police report, Beetham refused to participate in an interview portion of the sobriety exam, but said, “You caught me dead to rights, I won’t fight this. I’m guilty.”Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is

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