Another Steamboat-area official implicated in drunk-driving case

Elected officials in Routt County, home to Steamboat Springs, just keep getting into hot water with the law these days for allegedly driving drunk.

Last week Sheriff Gary Wall was convicted by a jury of six of driving while ability impaired after being stopped in Steamboat by a Colorado state trooper in October.

Then this past weekend the former mayor of nearby Oak Creek was Tased and arrested after allegedly eluding Oak Creek police.

Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman, mayor of Oak Creek from 2002 to 2006, allegedly eluded police who tried to pull her over on suspicion of drunk driving early Saturday morning, according to a story in The Steamboat Pilot & Today newspaper.

Rodeman and other passengers in the car then stopped and quickly went into an Oak Creek residence, where another woman allegedly slammed the door in the face of the Oak Creek officer who tried to make the traffic stop. The officer said he injured his back in the incident and had to get medical treatment.

But that was after he reportedly called in backup, entered the home and subdued Rodeman using a Taser.

Rodeman’s attorney told the newspaper that the arresting officer has a history of citizen complaints. Comments on the paper’s Web site ranged from support for the police to accusations that the town’s cops are out of control and regularly harass residents.

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