Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Steamboat Springs A 37-year-old Oak Creek woman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from an incident between her and a police officer.
Rachele Marie Salazar pleaded guilty to resisting arrest Wednesday afternoon in Routt County Court.
In return for the guilty plea, Deputy District Attorney David Moffat dismissed two counts of second-degree assault on a peace officer, a felony.
Moffat also dismissed an obstruction charge against the woman.
"This negates the risk of a felony conviction," Judge James Garrecht said of the plea agreement. "You don't have to worry about that."
However, Salazar will serve 60 days in the Routt County Jail after she is sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 2.
According to court records, Salazar attempted to interfere with a Sept. 12 traffic stop in Oak Creek.
Officer David Lee Miller Jr. stopped Jane Wanda Plocinski's vehicle on Main Street in Oak Creek. Salazar was a passenger in Plocinski's vehicle.
Miller was attempting to arrest Plocinski on suspicion of drunken driving when Salazar got out of the vehicle and walked up behind the officer. Miller pushed Salazar away so he could arrest Plocinski.
Salazar was detained by two Oak Creek volunteer firefighters, who came to Miller's aid. Salazar allegedly punched and kicked one of the firefighters.
Salazar also allegedly punched and kicked Miller, which forced the officer to take the woman to the ground.
Along with the jail sentence, Salazar could be fined as much as $1,000.