Sheriff's deputy says he would have arrested Wall

In Routt County Court, Deputy Lance Eldridge cited his observations of sheriff on night of DUI charge

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— 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.

Comments

madmoores 5 years, 9 months ago

I smell a final paycheck and a pink slip for someone:(

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rsssco 5 years, 9 months ago

I suspect that testimony will weigh heavily in the jury's decision.

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bfd 5 years, 9 months ago

all in all, it's just another brick in the wall.

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Joe_Mama 5 years, 9 months ago

As someone who knows Lance, Joe is pleased to see that he kept his integrity and didn't lie to help out his idiot boss.

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summerbird 5 years, 9 months ago

"And the Wall comes tumbling down!"

Will Eldridge be Wall's Joshua?

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seeuski 5 years, 9 months ago

stmbtprof He could not arrest him because he did not witness the offense. It would have to be the trooper who made the stop.

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dundalk 5 years, 9 months ago

Sadly, I agree with madmoore's assertion that Lance's days are numbered,however, he should hold his head high that he is a man of honesty and integrity, unlike his boss, the Wall.

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424now 5 years, 9 months ago

I commend Lance Eldridge for his honesty. It was a brave statement to make.

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weallnutz 5 years, 9 months ago

glad there is still some class and honesty at a department ran by somebody with neither

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