Special prosecutor ordered in case against Aspen cop
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A special prosecutor was ordered Thursday in the case against former Aspen police officer James Crowley, who was arrested in August on alleged alcohol-related offenses.
Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger issued the order at the request of Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney. The appointment of a special prosecutor is likely to take about four to six weeks, said Cheney at an afternoon hearing. As a result, Metzger reset an arraignment hearing to 1:30 p.m., March 2.
Crowley, 43, did not appear in court. He was represented by defense attorney Greg Greer of Glenwood Springs.
Crowley was arrested Aug. 28 for allegedly driving a vehicle while ability impaired, and possession of a weapon while under the influence of alcohol. The arrest happened after another officer said he detected alcohol on Crowley’s breath while at the police station.
Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor fired Crowley the following day.