News briefs for Feb. 21

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Man arrested for allegedly shoving firefighter

An 18-year-old Louisiana man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of second-degree assault after he allegedly shoved a firefighter who was helping his girlfriend.

Steamboat Springs Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble said Christopher Michael Lowery was arrested after Steamboat Springs police officers said they saw him shove the firefighter as he tried to help an underage woman who had consumed an excessive amount of alcohol. The firefighter was not injured, Struble said.

The incident occurred after police were called to the 1800 block of Ski Time Square to respond to a fight involving Lowery, his girlfriend and a mutual friend, Struble said.

Sgt. Dale Coyner said officers found the intoxicated woman lying in a snowbank, and they called Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue personnel to help her.

Lowery reportedly shoved the firefighter as he tried to load the woman into an ambulance, Coyner said.

Lowery, who police said was intoxicated at the time of the incident, is facing additional charges of obstructing a firefighter/EMS, resisting arrest and being a minor in possession.

The woman also was cited for being a minor in possession, he said.

Coyner said police are investigating whether Lowery, his girlfriend and their mutual friend had been served alcohol at a bar or restaurant.

Lowery appeared in Routt County Court on Tuesday; his bond was set at $5,000. A disposition hearing is set for April 4.

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