Steamboat Springs Routt County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lance Eldridge said in court Tuesday that he would have arrested Sheriff Gary Wall on suspicion of DUI on Oct. 27, 2007.
Eldridge drove Wall home that night, after Colorado State Patrol Trooper Melissa Fowler pulled Wall over at U.S. Highway 40 and Walton Creek Road for charges that also included a failure to dim his headlights and prohibited use of a weapon. As a witness in Routt County Court on Tuesday, Eldridge said that based on his observations of Wall, he would have arrested the county's top law enforcement officer on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Eldridge was the prosecution's final witness on the second day of Wall's jury trial. Wall's defense, led by Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith, began calling witnesses today, and began with a parade of guests who attended the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's centennial celebration, from which Wall was returning home when he was pulled over.
Witnesses for the defense said Wall did not exhibit any signs of intoxication that night.
The trial is scheduled to conclude Wednesday.