Steamboat Springs Former Oak Creek Mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman was stunned by a Taser and arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
Oak Creek police Chief Russ Caterinicchio said the incident began when Oak Creek Sgt. Erik Foster attempted to pull over a driver who was exhibiting possible signs of driving under the influence of alcohol.
"It was essentially a stop for a suspected DUI," Caterinicchio said Sunday. "From what I understand, when Sgt. Foster activated his emergency lights, the suspect began to elude."
Caterinicchio, who had not yet reviewed the incident report Sunday afternoon, said Rodeman continued driving before stopping at a residence, where she and the vehicle's other occupants quickly exited the car and hurried into the house.
Foster attempted to enter the home, Caterinicchio said, but Oak Creek resident Shoshanna Kathryn Montoya slammed the door on him. Foster hurt his back as a result of the incident and later was treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was released and told to rest for a day, Caterinicchio said.
Foster and Oak Creek police Officer Eileen Rossi eventually entered the home, where Caterinicchio said Foster used a Taser to subdue and arrest Rodeman. Montoya also was arrested and booked into Routt County Jail on charges of third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer.
When reached by telephone Sunday, Rodeman said, "That's not the story," but she declined to elaborate. She deferred all questions to her attorney, Kris Hammond.
Hammond said Foster burst into the home without a warrant and "terrorized" the women inside. He said the women called 911 out of fear and that Rodeman was stunned twice with a Taser while "cowering on the floor begging for mercy."
Hammond also was critical of Foster, who has had numerous complaints filed against him.
Caterinicchio said Foster is a certified Taser instructor.
"I have no reason to believe the actions that were taken were not appropriate," he said about the arrest. "The use of the Taser is the most humanitarian tool we have. It has a low probability of injury both to the suspect and the officer."
Caterinicchio did not say what Rodeman was doing to necessitate the use of a Taser. Foster doesn't have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Caterinicchio said Rodeman failed a Breathalyzer test after her arrest. She was booked early Saturday morning into Routt County Jail and later released on $750 bond. Caterinicchio said the case file will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office within the next couple of days.
Rodeman was Oak Creek's mayor from 2002 to 2006. She resigned in October 2006.
Tension has been running high in Oak Creek recently as it relates to the town's police department. Some residents have complained about over-aggressive enforcement that borders on harassment; others say it's simply a case of law enforcement officers doing what's needed to protect residents and enforce the law.