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Drunk driving laws in Colorado might change

Facing drunk driving charges in Colorado is a little easier than facing similar charges in other states, but that might be changing soon. Currently, Colorado is one of four states that doesn't have felony penalties for drunk driving charges. While past bills to provide harsher penalties for drunk driving have failed, lawmakers think that might change this year.

Prosecutors say that lack of harsh penalties for repeat offenders makes it difficult to stop a deadly or violent crash. In some jurisdictions, up to eight third-offense DUI offenders face new charges each week. In 2013, there were 133 deaths attributed to drunk driving accidents.

Teen pleads guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges

Accidents sometimes happen. In some cases, those accidents can lead to criminal charges being filed. For one teenager, an accident that happened because of a text message dispute led to him being charged with a felony and a misdemeanor.

The accident occurred on July 2, 2013, when the teenager and a friend went to the home of another teenager. The two friends coaxed the victim into chasing them. They fled to a red Prius and drove away with the defendant driving. The victim had jumped on the hood of the car and fell off when the two friends fled. The victim, who was left bleeding in the street, suffered a traumatic head injury.

Colorado man facing drug distribution and other charges

Police who patrol the streets at night are often very aware of what is going on around them. In some cases, this heightened level of awareness can make them notice things that seem a little out of place. For one officer who was working the night shift, seeing a vehicle parked in front of a closed business in the early morning hours led to the discovery of someone who had an arrest warrant.

The incident happened at around 3 a.m. in front of a Colorado Springs business. The police officer saw a vehicle parked in front of a business in the 4200 block of East Platte Ave. The officer contacted the person who was in the vehicle. It was then confirmed that the 46-year-old man had a felony arrest warrant.

Colorado launches ad campaign to combat driving while high

With the legalization of marijuana in the state, it stands to reason that officials would have to find ways to remind people that driving stoned isn't legal. The Colorado Department of Transportation has taken an interesting route to remind people that marijuana should be treated like alcohol. The department has released the $1 million "Drive High, Get a DUI" campaign, which shows people who have used marijuana doing some off-the-wall things.

This campaign, which is funded by a federal grant from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, comes as Colorado struggles to keep statewide records of drivers who were impaired by marijuana. Since marijuana became legal in January, 31 out of the 61 drivers who were impaired by drugs or alcohol were impaired by marijuana, according to Colorado State Patrol records.

Overcrowding leads to prisoners being set free

Prisoners can typically be set free before serving an entire sentence for a number of different reasons, such as parole or good behavior. However, a jail in Colorado recently let six inmates go free early simply because there was not enough room to keep them locked up.

The problem is that the prisoners should have been held in the Adams County prison system, but it was already full due to a maximum number that they have set for the total amount of inmates that can be sent to them. They cite reasons like keeping the inmates and the staff safe when asked why they cannot take any more prisoners than are allowed under that cap.

Homeless Colorado man breaks into Sheriff's Office, faces charges

When you don't have a place to call home, finding a place to lay your head is all you likely care about at night. Making sure that you are out of the cool night air, the rain, the wind and other elements is a top priority. For one man, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was the place he found to get out of the elements and get some sleep.

The man was arrested on the night of Jan. 28, 2014. He opened the sliding glass doors in the front of the building by triggering the motion detector inside the door. It is unclear if the man was able to access the other areas of the building, but the office is also investigating a missing Internal Affair archived file. The only door in the lobby that doesn't require an electronic card key is the bathroom door.

Colorado man arrested for domestic violence after police standoff

Sometimes domestic disputes do not remain in the home. They can spill out into people's workplaces and other public areas. Police in Colorado Springs allege that a young man committed an assault at an area hospital. It was not reported what the relationship was between the defendant and his alleged victim. However, the alleged crime was described as a domestic violence assault.

When police arrived at the man's home on Sorrento Drive to carry out the arrest, he reportedly did not go willingly. With his own home surrounded by law enforcement, he and two other people allegedly ran next door to a vacant home. The Colorado Springs Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit was called in to help apprehend the suspects. As the CSPD police blotter noted, two of them still did not go willingly and had to be "contacted by a police K-9."

Colorado law enforcement arrest 315 people on Super Bowl weekend

For many sports fans, having a cold beer or other alcoholic beverage while watching the game is standard. For football fans who watched the Super Bowl, partaking in alcoholic beverages may have been more common than during other games. The Colorado State Patrol reports that 315 DUI arrests were made during the weekend of the Super Bowl.

Nearly 100 law enforcement agencies joined together for increased enforcement for the weekend of the big game. From Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, these agencies worked to catch drunk drivers. In total, these law enforcement officials netted 315 DUI arrests.

Colorado man faces felony charges in stabbing incident

Letting your anger get the best of you almost never ends up in a good situation. Because of that, it is usually best to try to keep your anger under control. In some cases, such as when something happens with one of your family members, keeping your rage under control might prove to be more than you can handle. For one man in Colorado, failing to keep his anger under control has him now facing charges for serious felony offenses after a stabbing incident.

According to reports, a 20-year-old man was stabbed five times in the neck and face by a 34-year-old man. The victim and a family member of the alleged assailant had recently ended a relationship. The victim claims he and the alleged assailant didn't have any problems during their shift. He claims he woke up to the man stabbing him.

Ex-police officer charged in drug trafficking conspiracy case

Becoming a police officer means taking an oath to uphold the law. There are some instances in which trying to do your job may be construed by some as trying to aid the people whom you have sworn to protect the public from. For one former police officer in Colorado, having dispatchers run license plates is one of the things that has led to him facing federal charges.

The ex-officer and his associate were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to making false statements, drug trafficking and unauthorized access of law enforcement databases. The alleged drug trafficking conspiracy is said to have started in March of 2011 and went through December 2013.

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