Steamboat Springs Routt County Surveyor Ridgeway “Skidge” Moon was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and several other charges.
According to a Colorado State Patrol warrantless arrest affidavit, Moon was arrested after a traffic stop at 10:27 p.m. Thursday at Walton Creek Road and U.S. Highway 40. In the affidavit, Trooper Brett Hilling said he pulled over Moon’s Dodge pickup because its license plate wasn’t illuminated, as required by state law.
Hilling wrote in the affidavit that Moon “mumbled when he spoke” and had a “strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage on his breath.”
Hilling said he found a clear plastic baggie in the right breast pocket of Moon’s coat that later tested positive as cocaine. He also said that in Moon’s front pants pocket was “a small plastic bottle with a short section of straw attached to it,” and “inside the small bottle was more of the white powder.”
Inside Moon’s vehicle was a half-gallon bottle of vodka that was partially empty, Hilling said.
Hilling said that Moon denied drinking alcohol but that he struggled to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers.
Moon also was arrested on suspicion of possessing a Schedule 2 controlled substance, driving with defective license plate lamps, drinking from or possessing an open alcoholic beverage container, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Routt County jail at 12:20 a.m. Friday and released on $10,000 bond at 1:45 a.m.
Moon did not return several messages left Monday and Tuesday at his office, D&D, requesting comment.
Moon, 63, is serving his fourth four-year term as county surveyor. He has run unopposed as an unaffiliated candidate each time. The surveyor represents the county in land boundary disputes.
County Manager Tom Sullivan said Moon’s annual salary from the county is $3,610, which is set by state law.
“I don’t think the county’s had any need since I’ve been here to look over a land dispute, and I’ve been here 10 years,” Sullivan said.
Moon is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. June 28.
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com