State trooper assaulted, taken to hospital Saturday


— A Colorado State Patrol trooper was treated for minor injuries Saturday at Yampa Valley Medical Center after a Steamboat Springs man resisted arrest and tried to disarm him during a traffic stop, according to the State Patrol.

The trooper, with help from Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, arrested Donald Scott Kidder, 47, on suspicion of second-degree assault and resisting arrest, according to a State Patrol news release. The trooper’s name wasn’t provided.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott declined to provide the name of the trooper or specifics about his injuries Monday.

The release said Kidder also was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a revoked license for an alcohol-related offense, displaying fictitious license plates, operating and unregistered vehicle, speeding and no proof of insurance.

The trooper stopped Kidder at 6:54 p.m. near mile maker 138 on U.S. Highway 40, about three miles east of Steamboat, the release stated. It said Kidder’s vehicle was the subject of multiple reports of drunken driving from other motorists.

The release said that when the trooper tried to arrest Kidder during a voluntary roadside sobriety test, Kidder resisted and tried to disarm the trooper. Both were taken to YVMC, Kidder for precautionary reasons.

Kidder was then taken to Routt County jail and booked.


Rich Hall 5 years, 9 months ago

Who said pot wasn't involved? I'd say there is better than a 70% chance that there was a drug involved and the odds are that it was pot. Just because they didn't charge him with it, doesn't mean it wasn't in his system somewhere.


bill schurman 5 years, 9 months ago

People do NOT get feisty on pot. Ban alcohol. Why not name the Trooper? Hilling ???


RPG 5 years, 9 months ago

So one judgment impairing drug , alcohol, isn't bad enough. We need to legalize another one??

We live in beautiful state. Get high on that.


seeuski 5 years, 9 months ago

You pot heads are setting yourselves up for the next time a stoner gets busted, just sayin!


rhys jones 5 years, 9 months ago

Not a word was said about pot in the article, and you've already got him convicted. Plenty was said about alcohol. You don't think they searched??

Human minds continues to amaze me, in the myriad of ways they seem to work.

Everybody's got a song, which they'll sing on any occasion, with the least provocation.

If everybody would just mind their own damn business, these forums would be a lot shorter, and we'd have to squawk about something else. Relax, catch a buzz, get a life.


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