Teen faces charges for Aspen joyride
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A teenage boy was charged with three felonies and four misdemeanors on Monday stemming from allegations he stole more than $1,000 worth of alcohol and crashed two vehicles on Red Mountain last week.
Senior 9th District Judge Thomas Ossola, standing in for Judge James Boyd, officially charged the boy, whose name is withheld because he is younger than 18. He remanded the teenager to pretrial detention at a juvenile facility until his next court appearance June 2.
The boy faces a handful of charges, including one count of felony theft of more than $1,000, two felony charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, as well as misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, two counts of failure to report an accident and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.
In the early morning hours of May 14, the boy allegedly stole more than 20 bottles of top-shelf liquor from an apartment on Lone Pine Drive in Aspen, then plucked the keys from the same home and took the owner’s Honda Ridgeline from the nearby parking lot.
Shortly before 7 a.m., the boy allegedly crashed the vehicle into a rock wall on West Reds Road on Red Mountain, then fled on foot to a nearby home.
There, he allegedly found a pickup truck with keys in the ignition and drove down a private driveway, only to crash into another vehicle. He then fled on foot.
Construction workers found the Honda Ridgeline with the engine running, the radio blaring and the windshield wipers on at about 7 a.m. and alerted police.
Sheriff’s deputies and police did not find the boy or make any arrests immediately following the incident.
A follow-up investigation by police and sheriff’s deputies led to the teen.
The boy appeared at his mother’s home the following morning, apparently still drunk, according to police reports cited in court.
Nichols asked that the boy be detained for his own health and for the safety of the community until his next court appearance.
The juvenile asked to be represented by a public defender.
The boy’s mother, who appeared alongside him Monday, said she is frustrated by his behavior and said she hopes that he receives the help he needs for substance abuse issues and depression.
The boy will be evaluated while in the juvenile detention center and will appear in district juvenile court again when he is expected to enter a plea.
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Cam Daniel is a former youth addiction counselor who’s been a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy for three years.