Man crashes into, topples light pole
A Grand Junction man who was convicted of vehicular homicide in his wife’s 2002 death was arrested Thursday afternoon after crashing into a light pole while allegedly drunk, sending it toppling into two lanes of U.S. Highway 6&50.
Robert Joe Sheets, 52, was driving north on Rimrock Avenue at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday when he sped around the corner to get on eastbound U.S. Highway 6&50 and hit a light pole with the driver’s side of his Chevrolet Camaro, according to Grand Junction Police Sgt. Jim Creasy. The crash knocked the pole into the highway and blocked traffic in eastbound lanes.
“There were a lot of witnesses, given the time of day,” Creasy said.
One witness followed Sheets’ car as he drove away from the scene, according to Creasy. Sheets stopped his car near the highway’s turn-off for North Avenue, as did the man following him, Creasy said, and the two talked until law enforcement arrived. Creasy said the witness did not restrain Sheets or force him to stay by the roadside but rather just had a conversation with him.
Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash, according to Creasy, and Sheets was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
An arrest record from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shows Sheets was arrested May 7, 2002, on suspicion of vehicular homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon and carrying a prohibited weapon while intoxicated after his then-wife, Ann Sheets, died in a Feb. 2, 2002, Jeep accident in the desert north of Grand Junction while he was driving. Sheets was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections on March 31, 2003.
Before he went to jail, Sheets had his license revoked for a September 2002 incident when he was pulled over by the Colorado State Patrol and found to have a blood alcohol level of .119, according to court documents. He was arrested in November 2002 by a Grand Junction police officer on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed his motorcycle and was arrested again by the department in February 2003 on suspicion of driving with a restrained license. Sheets was granted parole in February 2005. He was sent back to prison for a technical parole violation in January 2006, according to the DOC, and paroled again in June 2006. He was discharged from parole in December 2007.