Suspect in death arrested yet again

Took cocaine to courthouse, authorities say

Tonie Rosales

In her second arrest in three days, a woman facing a vehicular homicide charge was jailed Thursday on allegations she had cocaine in her purse when she showed up to Mesa County Criminal Justice Services.

Tonie Rosales, 30, formerly of Palisade and now residing in Montrose, was ordered held at the Mesa County Jail on a $10,000, cash-only bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, Rosales had an active warrant for contempt of court when she showed up Thursday at the Day Reporting Center, 636 South Ave., a facility where some clients of Criminal Justice Services report for periodic urinalysis or breathalyzer tests.

When Rosales’ purse was searched Thursday, authorities found two plastic straws, one of which held cocaine, the affidavit said.

Rosales had just posted bond Tuesday, one day after her arrest on suspicion of driving with a revoked license in Palisade in violation of bail bond conditions.

Rosales’ license was revoked after the Sept. 18, 2013, crash that killed 25-year-old Eunjey Cho, a bicyclist who was riding on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 50. Prosecutors have alleged Rosales used cocaine for two days when she drove to a court appearance in Delta and slammed into Cho’s bicycle.

She told an arresting Colorado State Patrol trooper she was running late for a hearing in Delta, which was related to her arrest June 6, 2013, by the Delta County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of DUI, failure to drive in a single lane and possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance.

Rosales is expected back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.


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