Montrose prosecutor leaves post after arrest

John Mehlig

A Montrose prosecutor on paid leave for the past month after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol will be “separated” today from his job, a representative of the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Sherry McKenzie, spokeswoman for 7th Judicial District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller, refused Monday to specify whether 60-year-old Deputy District Attorney John Mehlig submitted his resignation or if he’s been fired. She said he’ll be “separated” from the office effective Dec. 31.

Mehlig couldn’t be reached for comment.

The prosecutor had been on paid administrative leave amid an internal investigation focusing on his arrest Nov. 17 on suspicion of DUI and careless driving. Police said Mehlig crashed his Toyota Tundra into a power pole at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Phillips Court in Montrose.

Mehlig smelled of alcohol, refused roadside sobriety tests and had to be physically removed from the driver’s seat after officers repeatedly asked him to get out of the truck, Montrose police told The Daily Sentinel last month.

Mehlig wasn’t injured in the crash.

The office of 21st Judicial District Attorney Pete Hautzinger was appointed to prosecute Mehlig. The case is expected back in court in February.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrest records showed Mehlig was arrested for DUI in 1990 by the Colorado State Patrol in Craig and in 1996 by Montrose police.


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