Wednesday, March 21, 2001
Steamboat Springs A Texas man on vacation this past December came away from Steamboat Springs with a criminal record, having to pay more than $1,000 in fines and court costs and a 10-day jail sentence.
Zachary Louis Warren of Carrollton, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of three counts of false imprisonment, theft, false reporting and driving under the influence in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom.
Warren, 23, pleaded guilty to the charges for taking an Alpine Taxi that was occupied by four passengers in the early morning hours of Dec. 28. At the time Warren drove the vehicle, he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24.
"I don't know what you were thinking," Garrecht said. "You put people at risk here. Jail time is appropriate."
Along with the jail sentence, Warren was ordered to pay a little more than $1,200 in fines and court costs and perform 192 hours of community service. Warren was also placed on one year of probation and ordered to enroll in alcohol education and therapy.
Plea agreement reached in felony case
A plea bargain has been reached regarding a 33-year-old Stagecoach man who allegedly stole a truck in early December and then threatened a bus driver on New Year's morning with a ski pole. A plea agreement for Troy M. O'Neil is scheduled to be considered in 14th Judicial District Court Judge Joel S. Thompson's courtroom at 9 a.m. May 18.
On Wednesday, O'Neil waived his right to have a preliminary hearing in front of Routt County Judge James Garrecht, who bound O'Neil over into district court.
O'Neil faces charges of felony menacing and misdemeanor endangering public transportation for allegedly threatening a Steamboat Springs Transit bus driver just after midnight Jan. 1.