Oak Creek Town Board member Steve "Spike" Beven was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Beven is running for re-election in today's Oak Creek municipal elections.
Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio said Beven was pulled over for speeding on Colorado Highway 131 at about 11 p.m. Saturday. Beven was clocked on radar going 36 mph in a 20 mph zone, Caterinicchio said. Beven stopped about a mile and a half down the road from where officers first tried to make contact and showed signs of intoxication, Caterinicchio said.
"He did poorly on standard field sobriety testing, and based on that he was arrested for DUI," Caterinicchio said. Beven refused a Breathalyzer, was arrested and had his driver's license revoked. Sgt. Erik Foster was the arresting officer.
Beven was booked in Routt County Jail at 12:45 a.m. Sunday and was released about 4 a.m. on a $750 cash bail, which he paid himself. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. May 20.
Beven was arrested in October 2007 for an outstanding traffic warrant issued for not having insurance on a car Routt County Sgt. Miles DeYoung said "had been left abandoned in the middle of the road" on Nancy Crawford Boulevard in Oak Creek, where Beven lives.
Beven was elected to the Oak Creek Town Board in 2004. He does not have a working phone and could not be reached for comment Monday.
Tread of Pioneers Museum closed April 6 to 21
Tread of Pioneers Museum will be closed from April 6 to 21. The museum will reopen at 11 a.m. April 22. Call 879-2214 if you need to meet with a staff member.
Energy assistance available through LEAP
The Routt County Department of Human Services is accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LEAP, through April 30, 2008. LEAP is a federally funded program designed to help low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating.
Household income may not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,574. Applications can be picked up at the Human Services office, 135 Sixth St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. For information, call Ruth Ann at 879-1540, or 1 (866) 432-8435.