Man jumps on trooper's car, goes to jail

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A 60-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Friday night after reportedly assaulting a Colorado State Patrol trooper and jumping on the hood of the trooper's squad car.

Preston B. Plumb was pulled over for speeding on U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs by Trooper Brett Hilling, Trooper Rick Kaspar said.

Hilling told Plumb he could smell alcohol in the vehicle, and Plumb reportedly admitted to having drunk two glasses of wine. Hilling asked him to step out of the vehicle to perform a road-side sobriety test.

Plumb reportedly refused the test, which all drivers have the right to do, but Hilling said he was not comfortable letting Plumb drive again without taking it. Plumb still refused, so Hilling said he was going to take Plumb to jail.

When Hilling got Plumb out of the car and attempted to put handcuffs on him, Plumb resisted and fought to get away from the trooper, scratching and bruising Hilling's arm in the process, Kaspar said.

Plumb reportedly jumped on the hood of Hilling's squad car, scratching and denting it with his shoes.

Shortly thereafter, Kaspar arrived on the scene.

Kaspar and Hilling arrested Plumb and put him in the back seat of Kaspar's car, where Plumb continued to thrash and yell, Kaspar said.

"He was very irate," Kaspar said.

Plumb was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and speeding. He was booked into the Routt County Jail.

Because he is accused of a crime against a person, he was held without bail over the weekend, awaiting an appearance in front of a judge. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1 p.m. today.

-- To reach Nick Foster, call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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