Wednesday, October 15, 2003
A man charged with serving alcohol to a minor in one case and eluding police and resisting arrest in another had a pretrial conference for the first case and an arraignment for the second Wednesday.
Todd Jeffery Brehmer, 45, appeared in District Court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges related to a Sept. 16 incident, in which Brehmer is alleged to have fled the scene of a traffic stop. Those charges were heard in Routt County Court on Tuesday but were bound over to the District Court at that time.
The charges include two felonies: vehicular eluding and violation of bail bond conditions. The five other counts are driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, resisting arrest, speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign.
Brehmer's attorney, Larry Combs, said that because the case was brought to District Court at Brehmer's first appearance the day before, he would prefer the arraignment in which Brehmer has to enter a plea be continued.
Senior Judge Richard Spriggs, who was filling in for 14th Judicial District Judge Michael O'Hara, said he typically didn't continue arraignments but that a traffic stop that resulted in seven charges was "unusual."
Spriggs decided, however, to enter a plea of not guilty on Brehmer's behalf and set the trial date for Feb. 23 through 25, with a pretrial conference Jan. 2.
On Wednesday, Brehmer also had a preliminary hearing on a March charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony. The trial date for that charge was confirmed as Nov. 12 and 13.
Spriggs reminded Brehmer that Wednesday was the cut-off date for plea bargaining for that charge and asked whether Brehmer was sure he wanted the case to go to court.
"Oftentimes people are under the mistaken impression that this deal is going to get sweeter as the jury comes down the hall," Spriggs said. "But that's not going to happen."
Brehmer said he understood and that he wanted the charge to be heard at a trial.
It is alleged that a 15-year-old girl was served alcohol in February at Toys in the Attic, a bar Brehmer owns in Steamboat. Brehmer was arrested March 21 on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He pleaded not guilty to that charge June 26.
According to the application and affidavit for an arrest warrant from March 21, the 15-year-old girl reported that Brehmer asked her and some friends "how they were all doing and then walked up to her and asked if he could get her a drink."
On Sept. 15, Brehmer was arrested again after being pulled over shortly after midnight on suspicion of speeding on Central Park Drive.
Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said the officer who pulled Brehmer over detected a strong scent of alcohol and asked if he had had anything to drink. The police report indicated that Brehmer said he just wanted to go home and hadn't been drinking.
Police said Brehmer refused to get out of the vehicle and refused a roadside sobriety test, and, as a second officer arrived on the scene, Police say Brehmer drove away with the officers following.