Snowmass Councilman Jacobson offered plea deal

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A Snowmass Village town councilman charged with drunken driving and vandalizing a jail cell has been offered a plea deal, his lawyer said in court Tuesday.

Arnold Mordkin, lawyer for Chris Jacobson, said he’d received a plea offer from the District Attorney’s Office, though no details were offered in court. Reached later by phone, Mordkin declined to comment on the plea offer.

Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan also declined to comment on the plea offer after the hearing.

Jacobson was stopped by a Snowmass Village police officer June 26 and later charged with DUI. He was taken to Pitkin County Jail, where he allegedly caused about $15,000 worth of damage to a jail cell, urinated on the floor of the cell and had to be strapped down in a restraint chair. He was charged with felony criminal mischief in addition to the DUI charge.

In court Tuesday, District Attorney Sherry Caloia said that if Jacobson was going to enter a plea at his next court date Oct. 28, she wanted him and his lawyer to be present.

“I’ll do my best to be there,” Jacobson said.

“He’ll be there,” Mordkin said.

In an email to The Aspen Times, Jacobson also responded to a story last week about a default judgment filed against him and his ex-wife in late August about a $200,000 business loan from 2007 that wasn’t paid back.

He characterized the loan as “a second loan on a residence,” not a business loan. Jacobson and his ex-wife put their home in Snowmass Village up for collateral on the loan, according to court documents.