Report: Pueblo Prosecutor Tries to Skirt DUI Arrest

September 21 2005, 9:51 PM

Anyone who drinks and drive runs the risk of a DUI arrest, and it's nothing to gloat about when it happens to someone else, but what makes Pueblo Assistant District Attorney Karl Tameler's recent arrest noteworthy was his response, according to Aspen arresting officer Dan Glidden.

Officer Dan Glidden's arrest report said Tameler "prominently displayed a law enforcement badge in my direction" and later asked to call Colleen Truden, the district attorney for Pitkin County, which includes Aspen. Truden is not Tameler's boss, but her office would prosecute Tameler's case if he is formally charged. The arrest report said Tameler "made references about the huge amount of discretion an officer had in making an arrest," mentioned professional courtesy and asked the officer if he was comfortable with the way the arrest was handled. "I asked him if he fully appreciated the position he was putting me in by asking me to compromise my ethics and standards, or use a double standard in dealing with him," Glidden's report said. "He made an offhand comment that I was going to ruin his career."

Tameler should be presumed innocent at this point, just like everyone else, but should it turn out that he made those statements to Glidden, he should be fired. For a prosecutor to suggest that he should get a break because he's a fellow member of the law enforcement brotherhood is a worse offense than the D.U.I. Let's hope it was just a miscommunication.

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