One inmate imbiber catches break

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— For drinking alcohol in the Routt County Jail, Alfred John Flood will have to serve the entire sentence he was given for another crime but will not face additional criminal charges.

On Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann dismissed a class six felony, first-degree possession of contraband, against the 21-year-old Flood.

Flood is serving two years for spitting on a Steamboat Springs police officer last fall. Because of the alcohol incident, he will not earn any credit for good behavior and will therefore have to serve the full two years. That was enough punishment in Feldmann's mind, the prosecutor said.

Flood, of Phippsburg, had served a little more than two months when he shared a bottle of peppermint schnapps with another inmate, James Todd Reimer, as they baked cookies in the jail kitchen.

Reimer, 30, also appeared in court Wednesday. His case was continued to March 28.

Reimer faces charges of second-degree possession of contraband, a misdemeanor, and two felony counts of second-degree assault on a peace officer for allegedly kicking a deputy and a state trooper while they tried to place him in a restraint chair after he was caught with the schnapps.

Authorities believe it was Reimer who ran away from an outside work detail to buy the schnapps at a nearby liquor store. Reimer and Flood were outside throwing away trash and shoveling snow when Reimer made his run, Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.

Sheriff John Warner has revoked Flood and Reimer's inmate-worker, or "trusty," status and has ordered an internal investigation into the matter.

Warner also has suspended the program that allowed inmates to work outside the jail, while his office reviews the policy.

Reimer is serving two years in the county jail for third-degree assault, violating a restraining order and driving under the influence of alcohol. He began serving his sentence last July.

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