Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Steamboat Springs Two students involved in the theft of a city ambulance at the end of August have withdrawn from Colorado Mountain College.
Jared Wayne Maynard, 20, and Ryan David Tomkinson, 18, are no longer attending the local college, said Dr. Robert Ritschel, the college's dean.
"They are no longer students here," Ritschel said Wednesday. "I can't comment on it further than that."
Maynard and Tomkinson were arrested by Steamboat Springs police officers in the early morning hours of Aug. 27.
The two men got into an ambulance that had responded to Hill Residence Hall, 1370 Bob Adams Drive, about 1:24 a.m. The ambulance was called for another student who had fallen and cut his head.
According to a court file, Maynard sat in the driver's seat and drove the vehicle a short distance. Tomkinson sat in the passenger's seat. Both men were reportedly intoxicated.
At the time, paramedic Jeanne Power and the man receiving treatment were in back of the emergency vehicle.
Before the ambulance came to a stop about 25 yards from where it had been parked, Maynard allegedly assaulted Power. He later resisted arrest, the file shows.
Maynard has been charged with three felonies: first-degree aggravated theft over $15,000, second-degree kidnapping and escape from a pending felony.
He has also been charged with two misdemeanors: third-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
Currently, Maynard is behind bars at the Routt County Jail. Bond has been set at $20,000.
A preliminary hearing for him has been set for 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in Routt County Court.
On the same day at 1:30 p.m., Tomkinson will be sentenced for his Aug. 29 guilty plea to misdemeanor theft.
Initially, Tomkinson was charged with first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of alcohol, but he was able to reach a plea agreement with the district attorney's office.
The maximum sentence he could receive is 12 months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. He is free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
Had the two students not have left school, they would have faced disciplinary action from the college, Ritschel said.
"We have a number of policies and procedures regarding discipline," he said. "We would have exercised those policies to the fullest, as we would in all situations.
"This particular incident was severe. It is not the type of behavior we like to see our students involved in."
When Maynard allegedly started to drive the ambulance, Power went to the cab of the vehicle.
Power told Maynard to stop the vehicle, prompting Maynard to allegedly grab the paramedic by her throat.
Maynard pinned Power against the dashboard, but she was able to stop the vehicle.
The two men then jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Police officers later arrested both men in their dorm rooms at the college.
After being cuffed and put in a police car the first time, Maynard was able to escape and returned to his room.
He then resisted arrest when police returned, and officers used pepper spray to get into his room.
Tomkinson told police that prior to the incident, he had been at a party with Maynard and other CMC students.
Tomkinson said Maynard asked him to go with him to "town and get some cigarettes," the file shows.
As the two men approached the ambulance, Maynard allegedly said to Tomkinson, "You got shotgun."
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