Steamboat Springs A Littleton man remained in Routt County Jail on Tuesday after a Ski Jam incident in which he allegedly assaulted a Steamboat Springs police officer.
Karsen Timothy Johnson, 20, was booked Sunday morning into Routt County Jail on felony charges of second-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing alcohol as a minor. He also received a fugitive of justice charge for a prior criminal mischief incident.
Johnson was arrested at the special events tent in Steamboat Ski Area's Upper Knoll parking area Saturday night, during the North Mississippi Allstars' performance at the Ski Jam event.
"He was creating a disturbance at the tent. He was up near the front, allegedly harassing the band members," Sgt. Dale Coyner of the Steamboat Springs Police Department said Tuesday.
Coyner and officers John McCartin and Gerard Geis, who were working in plainclothes at the event, confronted Johnson, who appeared highly intoxicated and possibly under the influence of drugs, Coyner said.
Geis also recognized Johnson as having a warrant out for his arrest, in connection with a 2007 incident involving a kicked-in door at a Walton Pond apartment, Coyner said.
Johnson was detained and taken outside the tent. While police were waiting to transport him to the Routt County Jail, Johnson sat down in the snow, and the officers let him stay there since he was being "belligerent and mouthy," Coyner said.
While seated, Johnson allegedly slipped one of his hands out of the handcuffs, then stood and struck Coyner in the face. Coyner sustained minor injuries, including a lip laceration from the handcuffs.
Due to Johnson's age and level of intoxication, the jail refused to accept him until he had been sent to detox, Coyner said.
Other than Johnson's arrest and a few citations issued to minors in possession of alcohol, the special events this month at the ski area have been relatively "quiet," Coyner said.
Security has been provided in two ways at the special events tent this month: Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. pays for uniformed officers to provide security, and the Steamboat Springs Police Department also has provided plainclothes officers using funds from a federal Enforcement of Drinking Laws grant, Coyner said. The grant also funds liquor law compliance checks at local restaurants and liquor stores.
Johnson is due to appear in Routt County Court at 1 p.m. today.