Warrant for arrest issued for Aspen transient
ASPEN – A city judge issued a warrant for the arrest of an Aspen transient after he failed to show up for a trial scheduled for Wednesday in Aspen Municipal Court.
James Griebling, 51, has been a fixture in city court for the past year. His offenses have typically been for sleeping in public places and violating Aspen’s open-container law. Despite his transgressions, Griebling has made his scheduled court dates consistently until Wednesday.
“Mr. Griebling is usually here,” said Judge Brooke Peterson, who issued a $100 bench warrant.
Earlier this year, Peterson admonished Griebling for continually running afoul of the law. The judge warned Griebling that if he continued to misbehave, he would face not only potential fines and more public service but also time behind bars.
Griebling was supposed to stand trial Wednesday for his latest alleged miscue in Aspen, which happened shortly before 4 p.m. on May 12, when a woman called police that she had seen a man asleep with his pants down near a picnic table at Jenny Adair park.
The woman told police that she did not see his genitalia, and he did not expose himself when he woke up, either. Instead, he rose and pulled up his pants, according to a police report.
Whatever the case, police said after they arrived on the scene, they saw Griebling drinking from a Powerade bottle, but its contents were not of the energy-drink variety. When Griebling saw police, he poured out the bottle’s contents, according to the report.
“I know that Griebling commonly uses the contents of similar bottles to mix alcoholic beverages in,” officer Jeff Fain wrote in a police report. “I observed that the liquid on the ground that Griebling had poured out had an odor of alcoholic beverage.”
Shortly later Fain arrested the transient, “as Griebling has received many warnings for open containers and various intoxicated behaviors,” the officer wrote.
Griebling was released the same day.
The next day, on May 13, Glenwood Springs police issued Griebling and another man a summons for trespass at the so-called hot pots, an area of warm-water discharge in the Colorado River, which comes from the Hot Springs Lodge and Pool. The hot pots are closed to the public.
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