Sheriff's court date moved to Nov. 27
Steamboat Springs Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall's first court date on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and prohibited use of a weapon has been rescheduled to 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27. Wall initially wasn't scheduled to appear in Routt County Court until Jan. 8.
According to a court order signed Nov. 1 by Routt County Judge James Garrecht, "As the Court understands there are not any chemical tests that need to be analyzed and since the defendant has already retained counsel, there is not any reason to delay this matter for 10 weeks for a first appearance." Garrecht's order also indicates a senior judge likely will be appointed to handle the case.
Wall was cited Oct. 27 for DUI and a related weapons charge by Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling. Wall was pulled over at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road for allegedly failing to dim his headlights.
Wall has said he didn't take any roadside sobriety tests, and Garrecht's court order appears to confirm that Wall also didn't take any chemical tests as a result of the traffic stop.
Both Wall and the State Patrol have said little about the incident, although Wall has insisted he wasn't intoxicated. Wall is being defended by Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith, who has declined to comment about the case. The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office has handed over the case to special prosecutor Mark Hurlbert, the district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today filed an open records request last week for any police reports related to Wall's traffic stop, including audio tapes of State Patrol communications made during the traffic stop and any video footage captured by a patrol vehicle's in-unit camera. That request was denied because the documents are "criminal justice records," according to a notice sent by State Patrol Sgt. Harold Stevenson.