Man accused of vehicular assault
A transient staying at a North Avenue motel was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion that he tried to drive over a worker directing traffic at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series after ignoring the worker’s instructions.
Randy Dee Huff, 32, was arrested after Grand Junction police contacted him at Monument Inn, 1600 North Ave., around 12:40 a.m. He is being held without bond in the Mesa County Jail until he appears before a judge on Tuesday.
Huff was arrested on suspicion of felony counts of vehicular assault and menacing with a deadly weapon, and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, false reporting to authorities, no proof of insurance and displaying fictitious license plates.
Just before midnight Saturday after a game, 37-year-old Keith Dobbs of Clifton and another man, whose name was redacted from the arrest affidavit, were directing vehicles heading east on Gunnison Avenue to turn south onto 13th Street, according to the affidavit. There were traffic cones placed in the road, and both men were wearing visible traffic vests and carrying illuminated flashlights. Dobbs was standing in the eastbound lane of Gunnison at 13th and the other man was standing several feet east of Dobbs.
Both men told police they saw a black Geo hatchback turn east onto Gunnison from 12th Street. Dobbs said he used his flashlight and arms to direct the Geo south onto 13th, but the driver roared the engine and continued to head east on Gunnison, the affidavit said.
Dobbs said he stepped into the westbound lane of Gunnison to avoid being hit by the Geo, but that the driver roared the engine again, accelerated and drove toward him, forcing him to jump even further back. The Geo veered into the westbound lane and “roared over the exact spot Dobbs ... had just moved to in order to avoid being hit,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.
Both men saw the driver and wrote down the Geo’s license plate number. They also saw the vehicle being parked at Monument Inn, the affidavit said.
Officers responded to the motel and knocked on the door of the room where the Geo was parked. Huff, who was intoxicated, answered the door and agreed to speak to officers.
Police say Huff lied about his involvement in the incident, but all of his statements were redacted from an affidavit provided to The Daily Sentinel.