Sheriff's deputy suspended for arrest


— A 51-year-old Routt County Sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay because of a recent drunken-driving arrest.

James Knowles Trotter is in his second week of serving the suspension that started Nov. 19.

Trotter's future with the Sheriff's Office hinges on a pending internal investigation, Sheriff John Warner said Monday.

"He is being held to a standard of discipline that will be upheld," Warner said.

Warner would not comment further about the discipline or the pending investigation because it is a "personnel matter."

Trotter could not be reached for comment.

Trotter was suspended after he was arrested in the early morning hours of Nov. 17 for allegedly driving drunk. According to court records, Trotter faces charges of driving under the influence, driving with a prohibited alcohol content and weaving.

Trotter was traveling westbound when a Steamboat Springs police officer stopped him in the 1400 block of Lincoln Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., records show.

Trotter allegedly admitted to drinking earlier in the evening and did voluntary roadside tests, court records show. Trotter also submitted to a breathalyzer, which registered at 0.119. The legal driving limit in Colorado is 0.05.

Trotter was booked into the Routt County Jail at about 2:30 a.m. He later was released when he posted a $120 cash bond. Trotter is in his first year as a detention deputy, Warner said.

Trotter is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court Jan. 15.


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