Case postponed from lack of translator

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A lack of a translator postponed finalizing a plea agreement for a 21-year-old Polish man who was arrested on suspicion he made more than $900 worth of international telephone calls from a Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel room.

Mateusz Piotr Pudeiski, who has citizenship in Poland and lives in Hayden, appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court. Public Defender Gail Morrison said that, as part of the plea agreement, Pudeiski will serve 30 days in jail. Pudeiski was arrested Aug. 31, and his jail time is coming to an end, Morrison said.

Although Pudeiski can speak English, Morrison said a translator was needed to make sure Pudeiski understood the complexities of the plea agreement, which he was ready to accept Wednesday. Judge James Garrecht agreed to try to find a Polish translator within the next few days to allow Pudeiski to accept the plea agreement.

Pudeiski was arrested after Sheraton employees noticed that phone calls were being made from a hotel room. Pudeiski was identified as the caller by an electronic key card he used, police said.

Pudeiski was an employee at the hotel. The phone calls were made during several days to family members in Poland. Because of the value of the calls, the theft is a felony offense.

When Pudeiski was advised in court Aug. 31, he asked that his $5,000 bond be lowered and asked Garrecht what would happen if he just paid for the telephone calls.

The District Attorney's Office objected to the lower bond, pointing to Pudeiski's lack of ties to the community and international status as a flight risk.

Garrecht did not lower the bond from the scheduled amount of $5,000, and Pudeiski remains in jail.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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