Brehmer sentenced to jail time, probation
April 9, 2004
District Court Judge Michele O’Hara sentenced Todd Brehmer to 14 days in the Routt County Jail, a year probation and an alcohol treatment program.
Brehmer appeared in Routt County Court on Friday for a Sept. 16 incident in which police arrested him on charges of fleeing a routine traffic stop.
After a four-day trial in February and almost six hours of deliberation, a jury found Brehmer guilty of careless driving, resisting arrest and speeding. The jury did not convict him of two other charges on which he was arrested, driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular eluding.
During Friday’s hearing, O’Hara said he though Brehmer needed to serve jail time and ordered him to 14 days, which most likely will be reduced to eight days with good behavior. He also ordered Brehmer to pay fines for speeding and reckless driving and to serve 12 months probation and complete an alcohol treatment program if deemed necessary.
“I just hope, Mr. Brehmer, that you have learned a lesson from all of this, and I won’t see you again,” O’Hara said.
On Sept. 16, Brehmer was pulled over for speeding, and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers suspected he had been drinking alcohol. Police said Brehmer fled the traffic stop and went to his home, where police tackled him in his garage. A pint glass that Brehmer was carrying into the house dropped and cut Brehmer’s arm.
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As Brehmer was getting into an ambulance and then at the hospital, he continually refused treatment or a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content, police said. It was not until after Brehmer talked to his wife by phone at the hospital that he allowed treatment and then demanded a blood test.
O’Hara reprimanded Brehmer for his actions that night, saying the responsible thing would have been to get out of the vehicle during the traffic stop and prove he wasn’t drinking.
“It was absolutely the wrong thing to do,” O’Hara said.
Brehmer’s attorney, Larry Combs, asked that his client not be sentenced to jail time, supervised probation or therapy. Combs said Brehmer would be willing to do community service.
Between 15 and 20 letters attesting to Brehmer’s good character were sent to the judge. The letters described Brehmer as a loving father, good husband and hardworking, responsible businessman, Combs said.
At the time of the arrest, Combs said, Brehmer was going through financial hardship with the down economy, had health problems, was stressed about another court case involving his business and had worked a long day.
“This behavior was not his character, was not part of his personality,” Combs said of Brehmer’s actions that day.
Brehmer told the judge he would never be seen in court again and had taken steps to fix some of the problems that were plaguing him in September.
“I am truly sorry and realize what a poor example I have set for others,” Brehmer said.
Deputy District Attorney Erick Knaus recommended that Brehmer serve 30 days in the Routt County Jail, which would be dropped to 18 days with good behavior. He also asked for an alcohol treatment program.
“The message that it is not my fault, that it is always someone else’s fault is not a message that this court should be sending to the community,” Knaus said of Brehmer’s reasoning for a lesser sentence.