Man who led Aspen deputies on chase gets two years prison
A 32-year-old Front Range man was sentenced to two years in prison Monday for leading sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase last fall that ended in a rocky field near Aspen High School.
Marcus Trujillo pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to commit vehicular eluding, a felony, and misdemeanor driving while ability impaired in exchange for a deal that capped his prison time at two years.
Trujillo was at the wheel of a stolen Nissan Pathfinder that passed a sheriff’s deputy doing 95 mph on Highway 82 near Twining Flats Road on Oct. 21. The deputy gave chase and watched the SUV weaving in and out of traffic, passing vehicles on the right-hand shoulder and nearly colliding with others while maintaining speeds between 85 and 90 mph.
Trujillo drove the SUV up Maroon Creek Road, through the Aspen public schools complex, and then cut across a yard and an area of rocky open space near the schools’ softball fields before crashing the vehicle on rocks just east of Aspen High School.
Law enforcement later found a crack pipe, a “makeshift meth pipe,” needles, a butane torch, an empty plastic bag for syringes and another “apparent crack/meth pipe” made out of an alcohol bottle.
Deputies initially had a difficult time determining whether Trujillo or a woman in the car was the driver because tinted windows blocked their view and both insisted the other was at the wheel. Trujillo was later identified as the driver, and the woman faced misdemeanor charges.
Trujillo, who received credit for spending the past 348 days in the Pitkin County Jail, apologized Monday to the people affected by his actions. He also thanked the Aspen community and jail officials for allowing him access to programs that provided valuable tools he said he can use to provide a better future for himself.
In other court news Monday:
• A 36-year-old Hartsel resident admitted Monday to stealing a high-end mountain bike this summer and was sentenced to a year of supervised probation.
Adam Fischer pleaded guilty to a count of felony possession of burglary tools and misdemeanor theft for cutting a lock June 15 and stealing a brand-new $3,500 mountain bike that was locked up outside the Aspen Art Museum.
“I stole a pedal bike from a person,” Fischer said Monday after District Judge Chris Seldin asked what he did. “I used bolt cutters to take the bike.”
Video from the art museum showed Fischer using the bolt cutters to take the bike before throwing the chain over his shoulder into a nearby garden, according to a police report. Fischer was not identifiable in that portion of the video, though video also showed he returned to the scene to retrieve the chain and police were able to identify him by his vehicle’s license plate numbers, the report states.
Park County sheriff’s deputies returned the bike to the Aspen victim, said Tony Hershey, deputy district attorney.
Fischer did not come to Aspen planning to steal a bike, said Ryan Kalamaya, his attorney. He was in town with friends, including a woman he liked, and they were planning on going for a bike ride but he had no bike, he said.
“It was an extremely poor decision,” Kalamaya said, adding that Fischer has no prior criminal history.
In exchange for the pleas, the District Attorney’s office agreed to a one-year deferred sentence on the felony charge, meaning that it will be wiped from Fischer’s record if he stays out of trouble for a year.
Seldin agreed to transfer his probation to Park County and also required Fischer to write a letter of apology to the bike’s owner.