Hayden superintendent arrested, suspected of DUI

Matt Stensland
Trudy Vader
courtesy/ Routt County Sheriff’s Office

— Hayden School District superintendent Trudy Vader was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of DUI.

She was released from Routt County Jail Wednesday morning after posting bond. After being reached at the school district offices Wednesday afternoon, she emailed a statement:

“To the Hayden School Board, staff, community members, and students, I owe each and every one of you a sincere and deep-felt apology. On January 27th, I was charged with a DUI. I am sorely disappointed with myself and recognize my actions affect the community of Hayden. I will be responsible for my accountability in regards to this matter and do whatever it takes to diligently regain your trust and support. I love Hayden and the children. All of you have every right to expect better of me, and I am committed to making that happen.”

A Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Vader after coming across her truck that was stuck in snow along Colorado Highway 131 just north of Yampa. The deputy asked Vader what had happened and if she was injured.

“Vader seemed very confused and disoriented but stated she was not injured,” the deputy wrote in an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

Vader told the deputy she went to pull over on the “wide spot” of the road and got stuck in the snow. The deputy determined the car was 5 to 10 feet off the road, and it was not a “wide spot.”

The deputy reported it took Vader a minute to find her wallet, even though it was sitting in plain view.

“She then slowly retrieved her license from within her wallet with fumbling hands,” the affidavit stated.

When asked for proof of insurance, Vader presented two documents that were expired, including one from a 2005 trailer, the affidavit stated.

The deputy asked Vader if she had been drinking, and she initially said “no,” but said she had taken a pain reliever and a muscle relaxer before she left Cripple Creek about three hours earlier, the affidavit stated.

Before administering a roadside sobriety test, the deputy again asked Vader if she had anything to drink. Vader then said she had “two wines,” the affidavit stated.

According to the deputy, Vader had bloodshot and glassy eyes, and she did not do the roadside sobriety test satisfactorily, the affidavit stated.

Vader was arrested on suspicion of DUI, no proof of insurance and careless driving.

Hayden School District Board President Brian Hoza could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Before becoming superintendent of Hayden schools July 1, Vader was principal at Cripple Creek-Victor Junior-Senior High School.

Vader said she was in Cripple Creek on Tuesday testifying at a rape trial involving a former student.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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