Moviegoer arrested for DUI, possession
Aspen, CO Colorado
BASALT ” An allegedly intoxicated man stumbled into the wrong person while trying to leave a movie theater Monday night, according to a Basalt police report.
Casey McClanahan, 19, of Basalt, allegedly was trying to walk up the aisle of the Movieland theater when he slipped and fell into Sgt. Stewart Curry, an off-duty Basalt police officer. Curry reported that McClanahan and two friends were loud and a bit obnoxious during the showing of the movie “Step Brothers.” Curry said he asked them to be quiet a couple of times during the show. The three men finally decided to leave about one hour into the show, at 6:15 p.m.
“They came out of their seats and they were stumbling,” Curry said. “They could barely stand. One of them actually fell into me.”
Curry said he trailed behind them and saw them get into a vehicle. The person that Curry suspected was the most intoxicated got behind the wheel. Curry called on-duty officers, who arrived just as the vehicle driven by McClanahan was driving away. The officers stopped the vehicle and a sobriety test showed McClanahan had a blood alcohol level of .272. A level of .08 is considered driving under the influence of alcohol.
McClanahan was charged with DUI and possession of alcohol by a minor, a police report said. Another man in the vehicle, Nikolai Yudin, 19, of Basalt, was also charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. Another 19-year-old man wasn’t charged for reasons that weren’t clear in the report.
Curry said the incident was disturbing because McClanahan had a high blood-alcohol level and was in no condition to drive. Basalt police also are concerned that minors are drinking and being rude at Movieland, Curry said.
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