Monday, September 29, 2003
A bar owner who was charged with serving alcohol to a minor and, in a separate incident, eluding police and resisting arrest is evaluating a plea offer from the District Attorney's Office.
Todd Jeffery Brehmer, 45, appeared in District Court on Monday for a pretrial hearing on a March charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Brehmer's attorney, Larry Combs, said his client did not have enough time to evaluate a plea offer.
The District Attorney's Office gave Brehmer a new plea offer Monday after filing charges in a second case stemming from a Sept. 15 incident.
Monday, Brehmer was charged with two felonies -- vehicular eluding and violation of a bail bond -- and four other counts -- driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign -- in connection with the Sept. 16 incident.
The plea offer Brehmer was given Monday includes both the February and September cases. District Judge Michael O'Hara set a second pretrial hearing for Oct. 15. At that point, Brehmer can accept the conditions of the plea offer or take the case to trial. A trial date has been set for Nov. 12.
In February, a 15-year-old girl was allegedly served alcohol at Toys in the Attic, a bar Brehmer owns in Steamboat. Brehmer was arrested March 21 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. On June 26, he pleaded innocent to that charge and a trial was set for November.
On Sept. 15, Brehmer was arrested again after being pulled over shortly after midnight for 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 coming from the vehicle and asked him if he had anything to drink.
Brehmer refused to get out of the vehicle and also refused a roadside sobriety test, which a driver is allowed to do under Colorado law, Fiebing said.
As the first officer talked to a second officer, Brehmer drove away. The officers followed him.
According to police reports, Brehmer parked his vehicle at his house and ducked into his garage as the automatic door was closing, and the two officers followed. The officers yelled for Brehmer to stop. When he didn't stop, they attempted to restrain him from going into the house, Fiebing said.
An altercation ensued. Brehmer, who dropped a pint glass he was holding, was hurt when he cut his arm on the glass, police said. He was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, treated and released.