Taser used on man at Steamboat hospital



Aaron Bailey

— A Steamboat Springs man faces three felony charges after police said he became hostile and assaulted a police officer.

At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, an officer contacted Aaron Bailey, 43, who had a drunken stagger in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court. The officer saw Bailey fall, hit his head and the decision was made to take Bailey into protective custody.

“Bailey repeatedly yelled that officers were trying to (expletive) him and proceeded to bend over with his rear end towards the officers,” the affidavit states.

Bailey initially refused to get into the ambulance, and there were several instances where Bailey attempted to free himself from restraints and leave Yampa Valley Medical Center, according to the arrest affidavit.

The decision was made to take Bailey to detox, and Bailey twice grabbed on to an officer’s fingers, the affidavit states. When Bailey would not let go the second time, Bailey was tazed.

While being escorted out of YVMC, Bailey tried to kick a firefighter and an officer, but no contact was made, the affidavit states.

Bailey was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony second-degree assault, felony criminal attempt and obstructing a peace officer. During court Friday, he was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Update: As part of a plead deal on Sept. 3, Bailey pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer. He was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years of supervised probation. If Bailey successfully completes the probation, the charges will be dismissed.

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rhys jones 1 year, 9 months ago

$10K PR bond? Call me stupid, but it's one or the other.


Scott Wedel 1 year, 9 months ago

The $10K is the amount he owes if he doesn't appear. PR means they waived collecting it before releasing him.


rhys jones 1 year, 9 months ago

Not the place you want to wake up the next morning.


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