Suspect faces new charges


— About 11 hours after Michael Pope was released from the Routt County Jail on a technicality the man allegedly wasted little time to commit a crime similar to the one he was arrested for last week..

Pope, 32, of Steamboat Springs was arrested just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning for allegedly stealing a 1998 Jeep Cherokee.

Pope, who was allegedly intoxicated, attempted to elude police during a high-speed chase on U.S. 40.

Pope was arrested on foot by police officers in the 3100 block of Chinook Lane.

On Thursday afternoon, Pope appeared in front of Routt County Judge James Garrecht.

At the urging of Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Wittemyer, Garrecht set Pope's bond at $50,000.

"It did not take him long before he went out and committed new and improved crimes," Wittemyer said. "This time there is not going to be any chance these charges will not be filed in 72 hours."

Pope was released from jail at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on his own recognizance.

Garrecht ordered the man's release because the District Attorney's Office failed to file charges within 72 hours after his initial court appearance last week.

Pope was arrested in the early morning hours of July 10 for allegedly stealing a red Jeep Cherokee while he was intoxicated. Pope allegedly led police on a chase and attempted to elude authorities on foot. He faces 10 charges because of the alleged incident.

Because of the arrest, Pope was being held in jail on a $5,000 bond, which he was unable to post.

Pope appeared in court July 10. Charges against him had to be formally filed 72 hours later or he would be released on his own recognizance. The charges had to be filed by 1 p.m. July 13.

Charges were filed on that day but not until 4 p.m.


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