Three out-of-towners were arrested on felony charges early Saturday after they allegedly swiped a golf cart from the Aspen Meadows and crashed it on Main Street.
The Aspen district attorney’s office is reviewing the potential charges, including motor vehicle theft, against George Stahmer, 21, of Centennial, Colin Rhinehart, 21, of Littleton, and Christopher Kavanaugh, 20, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Aspen police officer Peter Bauer was patrolling near the West End resort around 4 a.m. when an Aspen Meadows employee flagged him down to report the theft, said department spokeswoman Blair Weyer.
Bauer followed the tire tracks in the snow until he found the cart, which was crashed at Main and 8th streets. Bauer and another officer then followed footprints to the back yard of a home on West Hopkins Avenue, Weyer said. The home, on the 700 block, overlooks a sheer drop into the Castle Creek Valley, and one of the men was trying to climb down into the area.
“They were trying to make a bit of a getaway,” Weyer said.
The men allegedly told police that they took the cart so they could get to a spot where they could more easily flag a taxi. Their ultimate destination was Basalt, Weyer said.
The felony motor vehicle theft count that police filed stems from the men causing about $2,000 in damages to the cart, she said.
Stahmer, the alleged driver, could also face a felony charge of criminal mischief for allegedly causing damage of $1,000 to $20,000; and lesser counts of DUI; careless driving; and failure to report an accident.
Kavanaugh was also cited for underage possession of alcohol.
Their arrests were part of the busy X Games weekend for Aspen police.
More than 47,000 people attended the events at Buttermilk on Saturday alone en route to record-breaking crowd numbers, event officials said.
Police on Saturday and Sunday contacted at least eight other people who face charges that include felony possession of a controlled substance, DUI, disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol.