An Aspen man on Friday allegedly took a case of parking rage out on a city parking officer, who said it all came down to mistaken identity.
Police were called to Obermeyer Place around 1:30 p.m., when the officer said he had been assaulted.
Leandro Vincente Contreras, 36, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of harassment and criminal mischief.
The parking officer said in an interview a couple of hours after the incident that Contreras’ vehicle had been stuck with an orange no-parking sticker. Upon seeing the city employee, he angrily tore it off and stuck it on the officer’s “gopher,” a small, three-wheeled vehicle that parking department staff use.
“I got out and told him, ‘We don’t even use those,’” he said of the stickers. “From there the confrontation was on.
“The guy was just over the top with rage,” he continued. “He roughed me up a little bit.”
Contreras grabbed the officer by the shirt, shook him around and threw him to the ground, said Aspen police officer Rick Magnuson.
An Obermeyer Place property manager actually placed the sticker on Contreras’ vehicle, Magnuson said.