Police blotter: calm Halloween
November 2, 2007
ASPEN ” Halloween night was not as crazy as it has been in the past for valley law enforcement, but eight people still were admitted to jail overnight, including four arrested by the Aspen Police Department.
APD officers took one of the four to jail for minor in possession, another for detox and two for fighting.
“It was really a relatively calm Halloween,” said Sgt. Brian Nichols. “Everyone ran around a lot. There was some lecture-and-release stuff.”
Perhaps more interesting was an unusual Main Street crash in which the drivers of both vehicles were arrested for DUI.
Aspen police responded to an accident at Spring and Main streets, eventually arresting both drivers for DUI.
One of the vehicles was driven by Robert Bandy, 76, of Aspen, who allegedly told police he was coming from the Eagles Club. Though he reportedly told officers he had only had one drink, he allegedly was unable to perform sobriety tests and was subsequently arrested.
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The other driver was Peter Birrfelder, 70, of Aspen, who allegedly told police that he had drank one glass of wine at the Cantina that evening. The police report states he took a voluntary breath test and was in excess of the .08 blood-alcohol limit. He was arrested for DUI, driving while license under restraint and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Aspen police arrested a transient man Sunday for allegedly trying to sell liquid acid, though it later turned out to be hair oil, according to police Sgt. Bill Linn.
Police received a call from a resident at 7:30 p.m. reporting that someone had tried to sell him drugs outside the Aspen Store. Police found the man, Russell Surgeon, 22, and arrested him for possession with the intent to sell an imitation substance.
Police were doing a weekend walk-through of Eric’s Bar when officer Leon Murray heard loud voices and heard a man claim that a woman had hit him. Another man allegedly backed up the claim.
When police asked the woman, Sara Trent, 28, about the fight, she said the men had been flirting aggressively and wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Murray asked Trent if the men had been physically violent, and she said they just had been verbally aggressive. She was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.
APD officers responded to a disturbance at Club Chelsea. While interviewing people involved in the incident, police found that Jorge Munoz Moreno, 24, had a warrant for contempt of court out of Garfield County. He was arrested on that warrant.
Officer Jeff Fain was on stationary patrol on Highway 82 near the roundabout when he saw a vehicle that was allegedly clocked at 57 mph in the 25-mph zone.
Fain stopped Mohmed Mohsin Mehdiyan, 21, of Snowmass Village, and asked him to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests. Mehdiyan allegedly could not perform the tests and was arrested for DUI, speeding 25 to 39 over the limit and driving under excessive blood-alcohol content.