Composite image with background photo and overlay of a Washington City Police vehicle taken in Washington City, Utah on May 11, 2021 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – A call reporting an intoxicated customer on New Years Eve led to the arrest of a wanted man in Colorado on a felony warrant related to a kidnapping case filed by the Montezuma County District Attorney’s Office in 2020.
The arrest was triggered when officers were dispatched to a Washington City gas station shortly after 9 p.m. about an incident involving a man who was allegedly intoxicated and attempted to buy alcohol in the store.
According to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, the suspect was then seen getting into a blue Toyota Scion just before rThe responding officers pulled into the gas station parking lot and noticed that a vehicle matching this description was going out into traffic without its headlights on.
After an officer activated his hazard lights and pulled up behind the car for a road check, the Toyota driver reportedly continued for a few blocks before going to a local car dealership and pulling over .
Washington City Lt. Kory Klotz told St. George News that the driver initially identified himself by one of his aliases and told the officer he did not have a driver’s license. He also told police “he doesn’t need a license” to drive a car, Klotz added.
The officer noted in his report that there was a strong smell of alcohol when speaking to the suspect, as well as slow, muddled speech and bloodshot eyes.
The man reportedly told police he had “a few big boys”, which are 32-ounce beers, and had gone to the gas station to buy more beer.
Klotz said he was asked to perform a field sobriety test, the suspect agreed but was “faced with it”. He added that the driver continued to be uncooperative during the exercises and then became more belligerent, telling officers they were violating his rights by having him take the test.
After refusing to complete the exercises, the policeman interrupted the test and attempted to take the driver into custody. The suspect started walking towards his vehicle, the report says, and it took several officers to stop the suspect before he was handcuffed and placed in a patrol vehicle.
“The guy was pretty tough,” Klotz added.
During a search of the car, officers found a .22 caliber handgun behind the driver’s seat, which was prohibited because the suspect was a restricted person, along with a scale, from the driver’s seat. suspected marijuana and other accessories.
The suspect was transported to the Washington City Police Department. A warrant was obtained for a blood test since the suspect initially refused the breathalyzer test. He later also refused the blood test, even after obtaining the warrant, which resulted in an additional charge.
Upon searching the database under the suspect’s alias, officers were able to identify the driver with certainty as Cody Deyon Crowder, 34, of Washington City.
During a background check, officers found an active warrant issued from Colorado in connection with a 2020 kidnapping case filed in Montezuma County.
St. George News contacted Montezuma County Assistant District Attorney William Furse for more details on the case, who provided the affidavit describing the series of events that led to the suspect being charged with kidnapping for second degree crime.
In that case, Crowder is accused of taking a child from the youngster’s grandmother, who also had full custody of the child at the time, and then left the state against a court order, according to the police.
The grandmother had been the primary caregiver and was granted full custody after the youngster’s mother died of an overdose in 2019. Prior to the young mother’s death, Crowder was not featured. on the birth certificate and he had had no contact with the child. , indicates the report. Even after the establishment of paternity the following year, the child remained with the grandmother who retained full custody.
After leaving the state, the court then ordered Crowder to return the child to Colorado. Unable to locate the suspect, authorities listed the child as missing with the National Crime Information Center, as well as the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the information was posted on their website in July. 2020.
Less than two months later, Crowder and the young child were located in Utah by the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, and the child was returned to Colorado. Shortly after, the kidnapping charge was filed. On December 2, 2020, an arrest warrant without bond was issued against the suspect.
The warrant remained active for over a year, until Crowder’s arrest on New Years Eve in Washington City.
The suspect was held in the Purgatory Correctional Facility facing third degree felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person, as well as possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, DUI, refusal to submit to a chemical test and obstruction of arrest of an officer.
He was also sentenced to a bail warrant outside Colorado which authorities in Washington have verified to be still active and extraditable out of Utah.
On Monday, Crowder was formally charged and the case was dismissed by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office. The suspect remains in custody on pending charges and is being held without bond under an out-of-state warrant.
This report is based on statements from court records, the police or other stakeholders and may not contain all of the findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or as otherwise decided by a trier of fact.
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