Upset woman blocks highway
In a downvalley debacle on April Fools’ Day, an El Jebel woman allegedly tried to cause a traffic jam “all the way to Aspen” on Highway 82 near the Catherine Store.
Kathleen Klomp, 50, was arrested for resisting arrest and obstructing a highway, according to Trooper Brett Williams. Klomp was still in custody yesterday at the Garfield County Jail, according to a jail official.
“Initially, we got a motorist assist call to the intersection of [Highway] 82 and [county road] 100, at the Catherine Store,” Williams said. “But she wasn’t broken down. She had stopped in the [upvalley right hand] turn lane and was trying to disrupt traffic at the intersection by standing in the intersection yelling at passing cars.
“She proceeded to tell us that she got fired that morning from her job and wanted to cause a traffic jam all the way to Aspen.”
When asked if Klomp’s antics were part of an April Fools’ Day gag, Williams said, “No, she was serious about it.”
Williams and Trooper Bruce Berry asked Klomp to move her vehicle, and she responded by dashing to her car to remove the keys from the ignition, Williams said.
“She did not want to move the vehicle,” he said.
“Then she jumped up on the trunk of Trooper Berry’s car and told us she was going to take Berry’s car, and at that point, she went for the driver’s door” of his patrol car, Williams said.
“We then tried to take her into custody, and she proceeded to try and hit Trooper Berry with her coffee cup. She missed, but Trooper Berry was wearing coffee after that. He got doused pretty good.
“When she was down on the ground, she kept trying to kick us both, but she was not charged with assault.”
Once restrained, Klomp was transported to the Garfield County Jail.
“She was having a bad day and took it to extremes I guess,” Williams said.
When Klomp’s vehicle was finally removed from the highway, it had been blocking traffic for about an hour, Williams said.
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