A local GOP candidate for the Colorado House got pulled over Saturday night and cited for being in possession of a handgun and under the influence of alcohol. However, the officer did not ticket David Cox for driving under the influence. (Cox declined to take a portable breath alcohol test after the officer noted some "clues" in his actions in the roadside test.)
Either the statutes governing driving under the influence and for carrying a firearm under the influence are not clear enough, or the cop felt he couldn't make the right call and split the difference.
The guy who slipped between the two laws doesn't think it's a big deal, and he didn't plan to hire a lawyer because he didn't think prosecutors could make it stick. (He was right; charges were dropped today.)
“I thought the whole thing was kind of humorous,” [Cox] said.
Cox has been issued summons or arrested four times dating back to 1999, all alcohol-related. He seems to think he's exonerated because he was stopped hours after he last consumed alcohol; no matter he was driving before and had the loaded gun in his vehicle then, too.
Quite a charmer.
Another article says Grand Junction (64%) and Mesa County (63%) have higher than average (national is 60%) response rates to the U.S. Census. Aspen is only at 30%.
Why is Aspen so low? Likely, the very high proportion of second (and fourth and fifth) homes and low incidence of affordable housing in the community.
Hardly anybody actually lives in a place like that.
I did locate the homeless vet who was burned out of his camp last week. I should've known how he would spend Easter weekend with no money and no desire to go to shelter.
He was in detox. Now he's got a tent and some clothes, at least.