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Man flees police before being caught, arrested

Christine Metz

A 45-year-old Steamboat Springs man was charged with drunken driving and resisting arrest when he fled the scene of a traffic stop.

Todd Jeffery Brehmer was pulled over at 12:15 a.m. Monday on suspicion of speeding on Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Officer Damien Baynes turned on his patrol vehicle lights, but Brehmer did not pull over until Baynes turned on his sirens, Fiebing said. The stop was made on Clubhouse Drive.

Baynes said he detected a strong scent of alcohol coming from the driver and asked Brehmer if he had had anything to drink. The police report indicates that Brehmer said he just wanted to go home, was only going a couple of blocks and hadn’t had anything to drink.

Brehmer refused to get out of his vehicle and also refused a roadside sobriety test, which is optional under Colorado law, Fiebing said.

As Baynes talked with Sgt. Dale Coyner, who arrived on scene, Fiebing said Brehmer drove away from the side of the road and headed down Clubhouse Drive.

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The officers followed Brehmer, Fiebing said.

Brehmer parked his vehicle at his house in the 2300 block of Clubhouse Drive and ducked into his garage as the garage door was closing, police said. Baynes and Coyner ducked into the garage after Brehmer as the door closed, police said. Fiebing said Baynes and Coyner yelled for Brehmer to stop. When he didn’t stop, they attempted to restrain him from going into the house.

An altercation ensued. Brehmer, who dropped a glass he was holding, was hurt when he cut his arm on the broken glass, police said. He was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Brehmer was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, felony vehicle eluding, reckless driving, speeding and resisting arrest.

He was released on $2,000 bond. His Routt County Court date is Oct. 14.

Brehmer already faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for a previous incident. Trial on those charges is set for Nov. 12, the district attorney’s office said.

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