Man arrested after struggle with police

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A 27-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Mon--day night on suspicion of trying to take a police officer's gun while resisting arrest as well as possession of methamphetamine.

Alexander Savino Martinez allegedly became very aggressive when Steamboat Springs police officer Gerard Geis tried to arrest him on suspicion of violating a protection order. Martinez tried to head-butt the officer at least twice and grabbed at his gun, police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Martinez is charged with trying to disarm an officer and possessing a Schedule 2 controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Both are felony offenses. Martinez also is charged with resisting arrest, violating a protection order and violating bail bond conditions.

Rae said Geis, while on patrol, first saw Martinez at his wife's house in 2000 block of Riverside Drive. Martinez is not allowed to be at the home because of a protection order. Rae did not know what the order was for.

At about 9:45 p.m., Geis pulled over a 1989 Dodge station wagon that had been parked at the home because the vehicle had expired tags.

The driver of the car, 25-year-old Travis Snyder of Steamboat Springs, was given a ticket for driving with expired plates and not providing proof of insurance.

Geis then confirmed the identity of Martinez, a passenger in the vehicle, and learned that he had a protection order against him. Geis asked Martinez to step out of the car and attempted to arrest him, Rae said.

Rae said Martinez began swearing at Geis and officer Tom McCartin.

Martinez allegedly made two attempts at taking Geis' gun. Geis wrestled Martinez to the ground and took him into custody, Rae said.

Neither officer nor Martinez was injured during the altercation, though Martinez got mud in his mouth and nose.

After Geis and McCartin handcuffed Martinez and read him his rights, they searched him and found about 14.6 grams of methamphetamine in his pockets, Rae said.

Rae said the officers found one bag of meth containing 14.3 grams of meth and a second bag with 0.3 grams of meth. A black nylon case holding 41 plastic bags was in Martinez's front pocket, Rae said.

Martinez was taken to Routt County Jail, where is being held on a $50,000 bond.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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