State trooper assaulted, taken to hospital Saturday
July 11, 2011
Steamboat Springs — 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.