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— Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall was in his county-owned vehicle when he was pulled over and charged with DUI and prohibitive use of a weapon Saturday night.

Colorado State Patrol Capt. Brett Williams said Wall was heading westbound on U.S. Highway 40 near Walton Creek Road when Trooper Melissa Fowler passed him heading in the opposite direction. Williams said Fowler turned around and stopped Wall, who was in his white, unmarked Ford Explorer, because he failed to dim his headlights. State law requires that drivers dim their headlights when approaching vehicles are 500 feet or closer.

"That's a common stop," Williams said Wednesday. "That's not a targeting stop."

Williams said he couldn't discuss the interaction between Wall and Trooper Fowler during the traffic stop. He also wouldn't say at what point Trooper Brett Hilling was called to the scene and his involvement during the traffic stop.

There was a female passenger with Wall, Williams said. He did not know the identity of that person.

A Sheriff's Office employee provided Wall and the passenger a ride home, Williams said. He didn't know the identity of that employee or whether he or she was on duty at the time.

Wall has declined to comment about the case other than to say his ability to drive was not impaired. He also has said he didn't take any sobriety tests. His is being represented by Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith. Smith did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday morning.

The State Patrol's investigation into the traffic stop is complete, Williams said. The State Patrol's investigation reports will now be turned over to the District Attorney's Office.

"Our part of it is pretty much done," Williams said. "We just make the stops and provide the probable cause."

The charges of DUI and prohibitive use of a weapon are Class 1 misdemeanors.

"A summons or arrest is basically an assessment of the charges," Williams said. "You're not guilty of anything at that point. That's up to the DA's Office and the courts."

It is unclear when Wall is scheduled to appear in court to contest the charges.

Williams said he is confident his officers handled the stop appropriately.

"I have full faith in my troopers," he said.

Wall was returning home from a Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association event at Sidney Peak ranch when he was pulled over. The Sheriff's Office has launched an internal affairs investigation to determine whether Wall violated any policies or procedures. According to a Sheriff's Office policy, the investigation must be completed within 30 days.

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wzstfu 6 years, 8 months ago

commonsense1776 - and you know this for a fact how exactly?

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 8 months ago

kielbasa- i like your sense of humor!:)

bcpow-read the article again...he WAS west bound

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twostroketerror 6 years, 8 months ago

Who needs answers when it might stop all this speculation and flaming?

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agentofchange 6 years, 8 months ago

Can you please re-hash this story just one more time? Needed space to fill Pilot? Get over it. This is a railroad job if there's ever been one.

Ok, so you don't like Wall, get over it.

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JQPUBLIC 6 years, 8 months ago

The more of this that comes to light the more it reeks of privilege. What is Wall's policy on drinking and driving while carrying a weapon in a county owned vehicle with a date (?) in the car? Get this entire mess out of routt county jurisdiction or the good citizens of routt county will never get justice.

CSP, bravo for carrying on with the stop after you discovered who it was, hopefully you did everything else (other than no arrest) by the book.

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bcpow 6 years, 8 months ago

Wouldn't he be heading west it he was going home?
Next we will find out that the woman in the car was picked up when he asked her for directions at the Kum & Go. Can't wait for the next episode of As the Boat Sinks.

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stompk 6 years, 8 months ago

bcpow, nice catch.

The further they try to bury it, the worse it's going to get.

Who was it that you had pulled over Gary? Someone you were arguing with, maybe.

This is unbelievable. CYA.

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 8 months ago

bcpow- Unless Wall has a 2nd home somewhere or sold his Silver Spur home (think I'd have heard about that), heading home from Walton Creek Road would be westbound. I can only assume that the unidentified female passenger is his girlfriend, who was also ID'd by some people on this site as "flipside." If it wasn't her...WOW!!! Get the blue dress to the cleaners, quick!!!

Just kidding. I have no idea if Wall wears a blue dress.

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justathought 6 years, 8 months ago

Steamboat Pilot and Today... I wrote on another forum [The more they try to hide, the more the media digs, I hope.]. Thank you for giving us the information as you get it and please stay on top of this issue, it's important that the people realize what kind of person they elected to protect them and enforce the law. At the very least this is an egregious lack of good judgment and self discipline, two traits expected in a good sheriff.

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housepoor 6 years, 8 months ago

going as the sheriff seems like a sure winner of the costume contest tonight at the OTP

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Montana 6 years, 8 months ago

stompk - when are you going to get it? The Sheriff did not have anybody pulled over. He was driving home (westward), when he passed the trooper (who was heading east), and failed to dim his brights. You keep bringing up this idea that the Sheriff had somebody pulled over. News flash stompk, he can't pull people over because he's not a state certified law enforcement officer. You obviously have somebody feeding you "joke" information and you are falling for it hook, line, and sinker. It has now gotten to the point stompk, that you must be joking around when you continue to post that the Sheriff had somebody pulled over. Good job at poking fun at the Sheriff for not being certified, if that is what you are doing. If not, stop saying that he had somebody pulled over. It is just not true and you sound like a fool.

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commonsense1776 6 years, 8 months ago

what do you expect we knew he was a drunk in the first place... you get what you vote for

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djk 6 years, 8 months ago

I think the CSP owns the Pilot. You should all wear trooper hats in your classified advertisement pictures. Just a suggestion. (I checked my spelling and I think it is courrectt.) Thanks for listening, DJK

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justice4all 6 years, 8 months ago

If Wall was charged with PROHIBITIVE USE OF A WEAPON was it confiscated? was it a dept owned weapon? does he have a concealed carry permit? if so who issued it? NEEDS ANSWERS AND WAITING

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Brent Boyer 6 years, 8 months ago

oldskoolstmbt: bcpow was correct in pointing out an error in our original article. It was then corrected to read that Wall was heading westbound.

Brent Boyer Editor, Steamboat Pilot & Today

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 8 months ago

bboyer-thanks for the info bcpow- i stand corrected, sorry.

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stmbtnative 6 years, 8 months ago

It's a sad day in Steamboat when our Sheriff is facing DUI charges and our high school students are taking the lead on fighting underage drinking (see article in todays paper). Wall has done more damage than we know to the efforts to help the drinking problem in Steamboat. The best thing he could do to serve the county now is resign and give us the opportunity to get a good role model in his chair. You do get what you vote for as mentioned before. I hope we all remember that if we haven't voted in the current election yet.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 8 months ago

be cafeful what you wish for you just might get it..well we got it..wall is makng a mockery of the sheriffs dept and routt counrt...i agree whole heartedly native he should resign

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