Charges filed in Oak Creek assault

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— A 32-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a recent fight in the town.

The Oak Creek Police Department has charged Daryl Gruet with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct for allegedly fighting with Oak Creek resident Richard Zeiler, 41, between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Elk's Tavern on East Main Street, Oak Creek Police Chief Russell Caterinnichio said.

The incident was reported early Sunday morning, after both parties left the scene. Deputies from the Routt County Sheriff's Office located Zeiler at his residence, where Zeiler said he had severe pain in his face and was having difficulty breathing.

Zeiler was transported by ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center and treated for a concussion, head injuries, and abrasions to the face, chest, shoulders and legs.

Zeiler was unable to recall who assaulted him, because he suffered a concussion in the fight and was intoxicated at the time, Caterinnichio said.

Gruet was identified as the suspect after a witness came forward Sunday. Gruet acknowledges that the fight took place, but told police Zeiler initiated the fight and he only acted in self-defense, Caterinnichio said.

Gruet did not sustain any injuries in the fight and said Zeiler swung at him but did not land any blows, Caterinnichio said.

Gruet was not arrested in connection with the incident, and will be summonsed to Routt County Court to appear on the charges.

Comments

Slapper 7 years ago

the bar crowd will probably cry foul once again and say their right to live the low life is being threatened. take a look at the upcoming court docket and one will see these two officers have been busy. thanks guys for doing what has needed to be done for a long time!

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Ms_E_Bronte 7 years ago

Self defense? Give me a break! Mr. Zeiler got the crap beat out of him. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. Thanks Chief Caterinnichio for finally starting to clean up that corner of town! QUESTION: Which bar over served to the point of intoxication this time? Rumor has it two other guys were involved in this altercation against Mr. Zeiler.

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justathought 7 years ago

Way to go Chief C, Oak Creek is lucky to finally have an officer willing and able to do the job.

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Slapper 7 years ago

double foul-wipe the tears off the floor before somebody slips and falls

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Slapper 7 years ago

many will suffer the effects of blunt trauma after that last comment

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Slapper 7 years ago

FOUL just like I said. rule #1 for the bar flies. we can do no wrong because decades of this type of behavior entitles us!

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bluntman 7 years ago

slapper said it right; those who cry fould the loudest are the beer-swilling malcontents who have found that their police sponsored taxi rides and "local's exemption" have gone the way of the former chief who did nothing and then quit. the new police department in OC has been exemplary in the execution of their duties. the claim that they are "prosecuting innocent people" is beyond ridiculous... show me the lawsuits for violations of civil rights/liberties, if that is indeed the case. until that happens, shut it. if a barfly is feeling "prosecuted", likely they are learning a little something about "personal responsiblility" for the first time, which is diametrically opposed to the sense of entitlement that developed over many years of gettting away with drunk driving, domestic violence, not paying child support, petty crime, etc., etc. (a.k.a. living the low life). it is a matter of choice, not at all unlike the choice made by OC bartenders to over-serve patrons. why should the law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of this Community shoulder the costs of those who make poor (alchohol based) decisions over and over again? it is long past time for accountability on the part of the bar patrons and even more so, on the part of those who have the privilege of holding a liquor license.

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uporpeopleu 7 years ago

kh....i mean slapper....u have been far worse in u're wicked little life than most anyone will ever be. y don't u talk about u're wasted past existance?

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uporpeopleu 7 years ago

comeon slapper....u know the "low life" better than anyone. tell us how much worse u are than those u're speaking of.

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Slapper 7 years ago

uporpeopleu-that last alcoholic banana beverage must have put you over the limit for any chance of an intelligent comment.

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