Woman alleges argument led to dragging by car

A Grand Junction woman was arrested early Monday morning after she allegedly got into an argument with another woman, rolled up her car window on the woman’s arm and dragged her an estimated 200 feet.

Candice Jae Suarez, 26, 258 28 1/2 Road, was advised Monday afternoon that she could be charged with felony vehicular assault and misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson that Suarez’ license had been revoked because of a pending drunken-driving charge.

Although Henderson expressed reluctance about not giving her a secured bond because of the pending DUI, Suarez was released on a $10,000 personal-recognizance bond.

The woman who was reportedly dragged by Suarez, 29-year-old Diana Salazar, told Mesa County sheriff’s deputies she was with family at her apartment in the 3200 block of Main
Street playing drinking games when Suarez showed up. Salazar said she invited Suarez to stay and play a few drinking games, according to an arrest affidavit.

At one point, Salazar and Suarez got into an argument about a New Year’s Eve party and went outside along with Salazar’s brother. Salazar said they talked things out and she and her brother went back inside, but that Suarez stayed outside and got into her car, the affidavit said.

Salazar said she went over to the car, leaned up against the driver’s-side window, which was rolled halfway down, and asked Suarez if she was going to come back inside. She said Suarez indicated she was “not dealing with this (expletive),” rolled up the window and pinned her arm and began driving off, the affidavit said.

Salazar said she yelled at Suarez to stop and let her go, but that Suarez continued driving and dragging her on the ground. Suarez then lowered the window, allowing Salazar to free herself, and left the area, the affidavit said.

Deputies examined Salazar and reported scrapes on the right side of her face, right knee, right arm and right hand and swelling on her left arm.

Suarez denied being at Salazar’s home, arguing with anyone or dragging her, the affidavit said. Deputies indicated that Suarez smelled of alcohol and arrested her after she failed to respond when they asked her if she would perform voluntary roadside maneuvers.


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