Judge refuses to lower bail for man accused of fighting with Steamboat police
Steamboat Springs — Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday refused to lower the $100,000 bail set for a man accused of trying to disarm two Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and assaulting one of them.
Rodney Williams III, 23, was represented by Routt County public defender Sheryl Uhlmann.
Uhlmann wanted her client’s bail to be lowered to $30,000 to $40,000. She argued that Williams was not a flight risk because he is a Colorado native, his family lives in Colorado and he can find work as a welder in the area.
The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office objected to the reduction in bail, saying Williams is a flight risk because he faces a minimum of 24 years in prison if he is found guilty of the charges against him.
Police contend that at about 2 a.m. Jan. 20, Williams tried to flee from police in his truck on the west side of Steamboat Springs. Williams then jumped out of the truck and ran. Police caught up with Williams, and he resisted arrest, police said.
An additional charge of felony criminal attempt to disarm a peace officer has been brought against Williams, bringing the total number of charges to 13. Charges against Williams are felony second-degree assault, two counts of felony criminal attempt to commit disarming a peace officer, felony vehicular eluding, misdemeanor driving under the influence, misdemeanor resisting arrest, misdemeanor driving under restraint, illegal possession or consumption of alcohol in motor vehicle, defective vehicle headlights, three counts of being a habitual criminal and one count of committing a crime of violence.
“He plans to face the charges against him and refute them,” Uhlmann told Garrecht.
A preliminary hearing has been set for 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
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