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Police say a Carbondale man kicked a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy Monday after he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed on Highway 82.Titus Price, 31, faces charges of second-degree assault, driving under the influence, careless driving and driving without insurance. He was held on a $4,250 bond.Price told a Colorado State Patrol trooper that he fell asleep before his vehicle crashed about 4 a.m. He was handcuffed on suspicion of DUI and placed in the trooper’s car.He complained of chest pain, and officers got him out of the car. He then allegedly kicked the shin of a deputy who was assisting in the arrest.The assault charge is a felony.

New sensors near 14 intersections on Highway 82 will improve traffic flow between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.The “advanced detection” system uses magnetic detectors beneath the pavement and approximately 500 feet from a traffic signal. The sensors detect traffic as it approaches the signal, instead of after traffic has already stopped. Therefore, according to CDOT, a signal will remain green until the detectors sense a “gap” in traffic or until a certain maximum time. During the work, which should be complete by June 30, motorists might encounter periodic lane closures in both directions on Highway 82. To accommodate the peak commuter hours, there will be no lane closures before 9 a.m. for upvalley traffic and after 3 p.m. for downvalley traffic.

Pitkin County is expected to sign a resolution supporting roadless areas today. Sloan Shoemaker of the Wilderness Workshop spoke to county commissioners Tuesday about the many values roadless areas have in the White River National Forest. He received support. “Pitkin County has been weighing in since the very beginning,” Shoemaker said. “This is just another expression of their support.”The White River National Forest has more than 640,000 acres of roadless areas. A task force will hold a public meeting in Glenwood Springs on June 21 and will take a recommendation on what should remain protected to the governor. For more information, go to http://www.wrroadless.org.


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