Man firing pistol in Ruby lands in jail |

Man firing pistol in Ruby lands in jail

Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 43-year-old Palisade man Saturday evening for allegedly driving drunk, menacing and firing off a pistol near Ruby, the ghost town located above Grizzly Reservoir.

Timothy Modavis was contacted by authorities responding to reports of “an intoxicated, threatening man driving and firing a handgun” near Ruby, approximately 10 miles up Lincoln Creek Road off Highway 82, according to Deputy Ann Stephenson of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Based on several complaints from witnesses, Modavis was arrested for felony menacing, DUI, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment, Stephenson said. As of Sunday afternoon, Modavis was in the Pitkin County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Deputies found a .22-caliber handgun in Modavis’ vehicle, Stephenson added.

Although Modavis has a Palisade address, Stephenson said he has been living in the Ruby area for awhile.

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