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Aspen police arrested an Aspen man Saturday afternoon for allegedly punching another man in a road rage incident.
Scott Miller, 46, was charged with disorderly conduct and ordered to appear in municipal court.
According to police, two cars on westbound Highway 82 entered the roundabout just outside of town together about 2 p.m. One of the cars, in which Miller was the passenger, was on the inside traffic lane and moving toward the outside lane to exit onto Castle Creek Road. The unidentified driver of the other car apparently was intent on staying in the outside lane, circumnavigating the roundabout, and heading back into Aspen.
“Neither one would yield an inch,” said APD Sgt. Gary Kalkman.
He said the drivers exchanged words, then stopped after the inside-lane driver cut the other one off. Miller “jumped out and went over to the victim’s car and … decided to punch him a few times,” Kalkman said.
Miller then got back into the car and it drove away, followed by the victim.
The driver, not yet identified, dropped Miller off at the Marolt housing complex off Castle Creek Road and left, Kalkman said. The victim called police, who came to the complex and arrested Miller.
Kalkman said a witness in another car not involved in the dispute identified Miller and described him as punching the other man “several times.” Miller denied hitting the man.
Mountain Rescue Aspen had to pull a hunter who injured his knee out of the high country near Redstone on Saturday.
The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from one of the injured hunter’s partners, who had hiked from the Placita Trail to the Redstone General Store to call for help.
The call came in about 1:30 p.m., according to Pitkin County Patrol Supervisor Joe Bauer. A Mountain Rescue team of seven rescuers was sent in.
It apparently took the team several hours to carry the injured man back out, Bauer said, because “they weren’t back by 4:30 in the afternoon.”
Bauer said the injured hunter’s identity was not yet known.
The deadline for those wishing to receive Thanksgiving food baskets from LIFT-UP of Garfield County is Friday, Nov. 11, and food donations are still very much needed.
The food bags will feed a family of four or more and include a $6 voucher in the meat department at the City Market grocery store, canned vegetables and fruits, potatoes and a dessert. There are no qualifications for obtaining a LIFT-UP food basket ” just the need for assistance.
LIFT-UP office hours are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Carbondale; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Glenwood Springs; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Friday in New Castle; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in Rifle; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday in Parachute.
For more information, call 945-2005.
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Just in time for Halloween, the Pitkin County Board of Health voted 4-2 to reduce the size of informal gatherings from 10 to five for at least the next two weeks starting Friday. According to the public health director, officials are currently investigating 11 outbreaks in Pitkin County.