Police think Hayden man was high on meth when he reported burglary

Matt Stensland

— Police think a Hayden man was hallucinating and high on methamphetamine when he called police Monday morning to report his home was being burglarized.

Hayden police did not find a burglar in the home at 198 S. Spruce St., and Raul Valdez, 22, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for evaluation.

While at the hospital, a nurse found a small bag containing a white powdery substance on the floor next to Valdez’s bed, according to an arrest warrant.

The nurse asked Valdez if the bag belonged to him.

“After a brief hesitation, Valdez admitted that the bag belonged to him and further admitted that the substance was methamphetamine,” the warrant stated.

Police tested the substance and it resulted in a presumptive positive for methamphetamine, the warrant stated.

Police interviewed Valdez and observed he was jittery and kept wanting to remove his oxygen monitor and blood pressure cuff.

Police “asked him if he was jittery because he was under the influence of methamphetamine, and he stated ‘yes,’” the warrant states.

On Wednesday, Steamboat police arrested Valdez on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a controlled substance. After being advised by a judge Thursday, Valdez was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Valdez could not be contacted Thursday because his phone number is not listed.

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

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