Suspected Ecstasy buyer arrested
ASPEN – A Woody Creek man who allegedly fled from police officers during an arrest on suspicion of drug possession is now in custody.
Tuesday night’s arrest of Michael Adriane Dufresne, 30, comes after police said they saw him buy Ecstasy from Aspen resident Max Brandon Puder, 18, on the exit steps of the Belly Up nightclub early the morning of Dec. 24.
While one police officer Tasered Puder, reportedly to stop him from fleeing the scene, Dufresne managed to escape the grasp of another officer who was attempting to handcuff him, court filings allege. Officers chased him by foot across Wagner Park, but they couldn’t track him down, police contend in a statement of facts, which is a supplement to a warrant for the arrest of Dufresne.
On Monday, police gleaned three photographs from Belly Up surveillance video, which reportedly showed Dufresne at the club before the alleged Ecstasy transaction occurred. After his arrest, police say Puder also told them the buyer’s name was “Mike D.”
Using that information, police ran the suspect’s information through its software reporting system and found Dufresne’s name. The physical description in the system matched officers’ visual observation of Dufresne from the morning in question, the statement of facts says.
On Tuesday, officers arrested Dufresne at his Woody Creek residence. And Wednesday, District Judge James Boyd advised Dufresne that prosecutor Arnold Mordkin plans to charge him with three felonies: escape, possession of a controlled substance and second-degree assault on a police officer.
Mordkin said that the assault charge stems from Dufresne’s “violent pulling away during his attempted escape.” Mordkin also said Dufresne will likely be charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.
Boyd set Dufresne’s bond at $10,000. Dufresne, who did not have an attorney at the hearing, did not seek a lower bond.
“I’m just going to stay in [jail],” he said. “I want to stay in, sober up.”
Dufresne, who has a previous felony conviction for car theft out of Garfield County, is due back in court Jan. 9 for filing of the charges. Mordkin said Aspen police, with the assistance of Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies, arrested him at his home.
Puder, meanwhile, also is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 9. The former Aspen High School student faces two felonies: unlawful distribution of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and possession of more than 4 grams of a Schedule 1 controlled substance. The distribution count carries four to 16 years in prison; the possession charge carries two to six years of incarceration. He also faces one misdemeanor offense of resisting arrest.
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