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Restaurant server accused of holding drugs, running from Aspen police

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Weston J. Petrovich

A local restaurant server successfully eluded an Aspen policeman early Sunday morning as he was about to be searched for drugs outside the Belly Up music club, according to court documents.

But the policeman, Adam Loudon, identified his suspect through the club’s surveillance video and eventually caught up to Weston J. Petrovich, 26, on Sunday night at his workplace, Steakhouse No. 316, located on East Hopkins Avenue’s restaurant row.

Petrovich was arrested and now faces a felony drug-possession charge along with a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer.

In an affidavit to support a warrantless arrest, Loudon wrote that he was on routine patrol near Belly Up at about 1:25 a.m. Sunday.

“I observed some people on the top outdoor floor of 450 S. Galena St. where there were not any businesses open,” Loudon said. “I know from my experience that people use drugs on that top outdoor section of the building.”

As Loudon made his way up the stairs on the south end of the building, a man quickly descended the stairs on the north side, the policeman wrote.

“As the male went down the stairs he repeatedly looked up at me,” Loudon said. “I followed him down the stairs and observed that he kept putting his right hand in his right front pants pocket.”

In uniform, Loudon contacted the man, whom he later identified as Petrovich, and asked if he had any drugs, according to the affidavit. Loudon asked if he could search him, but the man did not answer, the officer wrote.

“The man ran past me toward Galena Street,” he said. “I attempted to stop the male but was unable to grab him.”

Loudon said he saw the man throw something into a stairway leading to the Ink coffee shop on East Durant Avenue. The officer said he then picked up a small black bag containing a substance that later tested positive for cocaine.

Other policemen helped Loudon search for the man but were unable to find him, he wrote.

The officer said that he went to the club Sunday evening and viewed surveillance video that pointed to Petrovich as his suspect. At about 10:30 p.m., Loudon arrested Petrovich outside the restaurant.

“While transporting Petrovich to the jail, without asking him any questions, Petrovich apologized for running from me. (He) also asked if we found the cocaine and I told him I did,” Loudon said.

Petrovich was released from the Pitkin County Jail a few hours later after posting a $3,500 bond. His first court appearance is set for Monday.

andre@aspentimes.com


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