Sleep it off at a hotel, cop advised

A Craig police officer received a summons early Sunday morning in Clifton on suspicion of disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations.

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said 27-year-old Eric Montes, an officer with the department since January 2009, was on paid administrative leave Monday, as the department investigates the incident.

According to the summons, deputies were called in response to an altercation between Montes and a woman at about 1 a.m. in the 500 block of Park Circle in Clifton. Montes and the woman both had a strong odor of alcohol on their breaths and had been at Cactus Canyon, 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop, earlier that night.

Deputies determined there was no evidence of violence and told Montes he wouldn’t be charged. However, deputies were unable to persuade Montes to get a hotel room for the night after informing him he could not walk around, drive or sleep in his vehicle because he was intoxicated. Deputies even offered to give Montes a courtesy ride to a hotel if a taxi didn’t show up in 15 minutes.

“I know the (expletive) law,” Montes yelled, according to the report.

Montes was then detained in a patrol car, where he began kicking the inside of the car. Deputies determined no damage was done, according to the report.

Deputies found a card on Montes indicating he was an officer with the Craig Police Department. Montes twice changed his story when asked about his employment, saying he was a coal miner and a scrubber in the oil fields.

Montes was taken to the Mesa County Jail, held and released, the report said.


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