Steamboat Springs A Routt County woman who police say displayed a .38 caliber handgun while fighting with another woman near the base of the ski area early Saturday was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and using a weapon in a prohibited manner, according to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
Steamboat Police Sgt. Gerard Geis said Colleen “Kelly” Victory, 51, was arrested after police were called to a report of two women fighting in the 2200 block of Apres Ski Way at about 1 a.m. Saturday. Geis said the alleged victim in the fight, a 48-year-old woman who police described as a friend of Victory’s, told police Victory was intoxicated and that she wanted to stop her from driving. The woman told police Victory threatened to “shoot her” if she tried to take away Victory’s car keys and that Victory then displayed a handgun and left.
Geis said Victory did not point the gun at the woman. The weapon was taken away from Victory after she was contacted by officers a short time later.
Police Sgt. John McCartin, who responded to the incident, said Victory was not in a vehicle when she was arrested but that based on statements from Victory and from a witness, police think she had operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
“She told us she had operated a vehicle, and a witness told us she had operated a vehicle around the time we were dispatched up there,” McCartin said. “After we spoke with (Victory), we were concerned about her safety about being able to operate a vehicle, and that’s what led to her being arrested for DUI.”
Police said Victory refused sobriety tests.
Victory, who was released from jail Saturday morning, disputed the charges when contacted Sunday evening.
“I contest the charges, and I am expecting all of them to be dropped,” Victory said. “I think there was a significant misunderstanding of emotions.”
She said she was not driving or near a vehicle and that she wasn’t intoxicated at the time of her arrest.
“I was not in a car, I was not near a car, I did not try to leave anything,” she said. “I think (I was arrested) on the mistaken report of someone else.”
Victory said she has a license to carry a concealed gun. Police said it is illegal to possess a weapon while intoxicated.
Victory was a vocal, public supporter of several ballot initiatives last fall that would have banned medical marijuana dispensaries in Routt County and Steamboat Springs.