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(Credit: Colorado State Patrol)

(Credit: Colorado State Patrol)

DENVER — One of the first men to be suspected and charged with driving under the influence of legal marijuana in Colorado was due in court on Tuesday morning.

Keith Kilbey, 23, was charged with driving under the influence on the night of January 11, after his Chevrolet truck reportedly collided with a Colorado State Patrol vehicle parked on the ramp to I-76 from northbound I-25, CSP reported.

Kilbey appeared at an arraignment hearing in court on Tuesday. At that point in time, an April 23 deposition hearing date was set for him. Kilbey also qualified for a public defender at the hearing on Tuesday.

The accident in which Kilbey was allegedly involved caused one CSP vehicle, a Crown Victoria, to slam into another nearby CSP vehicle, a Dodge Charger. The CSP vehicles were reportedly parked in the left lane with their emergency lights flashing.

Police suspect Kilbey was under the influence of marijuana, however it was not clear if he was actually subjected to any sort of drug testing. No one was injured in the crash.

“This time we were fortunate, but many officers across the nation are not so lucky,” CSP spokesperson Corporal H. Cobler said. “It is unacceptable that troopers and their vehicles continue to be hit on our roadways.”

10 comments

  • dougsmith42

    Where’s the evidence? Half the time I see a trooper within inches of the white line when someone is pulled over on the highway. How difficult would it ne to get on the loud horn and have them pull into the grass? Or have them drive down to the next off ramp?

    • Robert Gift

      ^ Yes. Use the siren’s P.A. feature to direct the driver to take the next off-ramp or get way off the interstate onto the grass.

      But no excuse for Keith “dope, dope” Kilbey.
      Guess who pays for all the damage Kilbey caused?

    • Kevin Holroyd

      @Dougsmith42 – how hard would it be to comply with the LAW in the State of Colorado and move over one complete lane, so as to leave one empty lane between your vehicle and an emergency vehicle parked on the shoulder with its emergency lights activated?

  • Lynn Reynolds

    it is up to the cops to prove he was under the influence. suspicion is not enough grounds for conviction. this is scary, if the driver was not under the influence.

  • Lisa Waldman (@itslisaw)

    Way To Go LOSER! Now he’s going to make Lawmakers Think Twice about Legalizing Pot in the State of Colorado. I’m glad they’re going to punish him! Any Dumbass that decides to Drive while under the Influence deserves Jail Time!

    • Robert Chase

      What are you talking about? We the People legalized some limited use of cannabis; our supposed representatives have fought us and outraged the intent of Amendment 64. Gov. Hack and the General Assembly increased the severity of offenses involving cannabis last July — despite the People’s declaration that cannabis “should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol”, you can now commit a Class 1 felony (like premeditated murder) with cannabis! Outside of Colorado’s overtaxed dispensary system, growing much cannabis or selling any remains a felony, and most of Colorado is hours away from a dispensary, medical or otherwise. Colorado’s Establishment has every intention of allowing prohibitionist parasites masquerading as law enforcement officers to continue to prey upon and make felons of Coloradans. If you imagine that the people in charge graciously allowed us to use cannabis, and that people running into cop cars (probably under the influence of drugs other than cannabis) puts that at risk, you probably won’t be of much use in trying to end Prohibition, but that is what most Coloradans want.

  • Robert Chase

    “One of the first men to be suspected and charged with driving under the influence of legal marijuana in Colorado was due in court on Tuesday morning … it was not clear if he was actually subjected to any sort of drug testing” — this is grossly irresponsible reporting!

    CSP spokesperson Corporal H. Cobler: ”It is unacceptable that troopers and their vehicles continue to be hit on our roadways.” — anyone involved in traffic enforcement who finds the laws of physics unacceptable is on the wrong job. Cops in Colorado may be more at risk than others because we have a law requiring that drivers move left to avoid police, who park in the road in consequence. To the Denver cop I saw with his left rear tire in the lane of travel on I-25N and all the other police who put their lives at risk anyway: would you rather be right and dead? Park as far off the road as any other driver would to minimize risk to your person.

    • Robert Gift

      The police vehicle likely was used as an obstruction to influence drivers more left and away from the stopped vehicle and also as a crash absorber in case of an impact.
      Wish they could have drivers stop on off-ramps.

      (When I was pulled over, I.mmediately signaled right and turned onto a side street and parked out of traffic.
      Glad it was only a burned out headlight.)

    • Kevin Holroyd

      Robert Chase – How about if you comply with the law requiring you to move over one complete lane, first?

      Oh, and hang up your cell-phone too. It’s not against the law to drive while talking on it, but I suspect you are neither a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist who needs to.

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