Blotter, May 18, 2013

Man flees I-70 drug stop

Titos Bailey, 35, of Dolton, Ill., was arrested early Friday morning at 555 Raptor Road in Fruita after allegedly running from a traffic stop while a K-9 dog was checking his Chevy Malibu for drugs, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy stopped Bailey on Interstate 70 at 1:21 a.m. Friday after seeing his vehicle drift toward the road’s right shoulder numerous times between mile markers 15 and 16, according to an arrest affidavit. After the deputy told Bailey he was allowed to drive on, he said he needed to relieve himself, then stepped out of the Malibu and urinated on the side of the road.

The deputy walked her K-9 dog around the car and the dog indicated the odor of drugs was coming from inside the car. The deputy opened the car’s trunk and the dog again indicated drugs were inside, according to the affidavit.

Bailey jumped into the car and sped off, nearly hitting another deputy and the three female passengers who had been inside the car, according to the affidavit. He stopped in the middle of the interstate at mile marker 17 and ran from the car. He was found at 3:30 a.m. hiding between semitrailers at Loco truck stop in Fruita and yelled “it was just marijuana” at law enforcement, according to the affidavit.

He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular eluding, reckless driving, tampering with evidence and a lane usage violation.

Bull roaming near school


A bull was reported to have escaped from

a nearby address and was roaming loose Friday morning in front of Mesa View Elementary School, 2967 B Road.

The school did not go on lockdown but students were kept inside as a precaution, according to Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras. The bull was reported at 9:39 a.m. Friday and was secured soon after the call was made.


According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

■ Someone unlawfully entered a vehicle worth approximately $9,000 Wednesday and stole it in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue.

■ A girl and a boy were issued summonses Wednesday at 1043 North Ave. on suspicion of drug paraphernalia possession.



According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

■  Zachary L. McLaughlin, 19, was arrested Thursday at 1701 N 3/10 Road in Fruita on suspicion of second-degree burglary and theft.


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