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State Patrol denies hyping mega-drunk Keith Kilbey into a stoned-driving poster boy

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Keith Kilbey. More photos below.
In January, Keith Kilbey, 23, was among the first people to be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in the wake of limited recreational marijuana sales becoming legal; he crashed into a Colorado State Patrol vehicle and damaged a second one.

Local media organizations that covered Kilbey's arrest, including this one, focused on the DUID angle. But when Kilbey was sentenced last week, news broke that he was incredibly drunk -- more than three times over the legal limit -- in addition to being high at the time of the collision. Afterward, the Washington Post accused the State Patrol of manipulating the press to push the stoned-driving angle -- a charge a CSP spokesman vigorously denies.

"Any assertion that the Colorado State Patrol has attempted to sensationalize the incident is untrue and ridiculous," writes Sergeant Mike Baker, corresponding via e-mail.

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Photos from the accident scene courtesy of the Colorado State Patrol.
The original release about the January 11 incident can still be found on the Colorado State Patrol Facebook page, along with photos from the scene. The opening paragraph reads: "Two more patrol vehicles were struck last night while investigating a crash. This crash, a result of an intoxicated driver, comes just weeks after two patrol vehicles were hit on I-70, east of Aurora, resulting in injuries to one of our Troopers."

The release goes on to note that just before 9 p.m. on the 11th, two troopers were "investigating a crash on the ramp to I-76 from northbound I-25." They'd positioned their vehicles -- a Ford Crown Victoria and a Dodge Charger -- in a manner intended to block the left lane of the ramp, and their emergency lights were activated.

Nonetheless, Kilbey, behind the wheel of a Chevy truck, apparently didn't see them. He smacked into the Crown Vic, pushing it into the Charger. Neither of the troopers was hurt, but their vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Shortly thereafter, the release points out that Kilbey "was arrested...and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs."

In a subsequent interview with Westword, another CSP rep, Trooper Nate Reid, confirmed that the drug in question was marijuana. However, one comment suggested another substance may have also been a factor. "Everybody knows that driving under the influence is illegal," Reid told us. "And just like alcohol is legal when it's used away from a vehicle and away from driving, marijuana is now legal away from driving, too. But when you mix the two, it can be dangerous."

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Nonetheless, alcohol isn't mentioned in the CSP release -- and neither is it suggested that the charges against Kilbey went beyond driving under the influence of drugs.

New information about the case surfaced on June 5, when the 17th Judicial District DA's office informed the press about Kilbey's sentencing: He was given thirty days home detention and eighteen months probation for crashing "while drunk and stoned."

Continue for more about the Keith Kilbey and his alleged hyping into a stoned-driving poster boy, including additional photos.



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Violeta Luz
Violeta Luz

Smoking pot leads to homosexuality, which causes aids.~Drug czar Regan~ Never underestimate the mass and there resistance to change!

contrary55
contrary55

The more adamant the denial the more likely it is to be true. 


Marcia Hunsaker
Marcia Hunsaker

No real story here. Its the which came first chicken or the egg? Typical smoke and thirst impaired driving.

John Anthony Gadd
John Anthony Gadd

wait wait wait, so let me get this straight, you expect me to believe that facts were distorted (and even omitted) in order to sensationalize a story about pot? When has this ever happened before????

Rev. B Baker
Rev. B Baker

just shared their "non-existent" fictitious sensationalized report on my page

Lindsay Myers
Lindsay Myers

It is possible that he didn't even smoke any pot that day. The Marijuana asspect of the DUID law is controversial because of this. 5 nano grams could be a joint smoked a week ago. Pot should have never been a real issue in this case. He was obviously drunk, and unless he was caught in the act of smoking, or appeared beyond stoned, that can't even prove he was stoned at the time. And since he was beyond wasted, it would be impossible to tell if he was currently stoned. I hope this boy can afford a REAL lawyer.

Dave Caldwell
Dave Caldwell

Since the legalization of marijuana here in Colorado, everyone (most of the media especially) seems hell bent on demonizing it. It's ridiculous.

Æriĉ Çicconē
Æriĉ Çicconē

Of course they did, they completely omitted the fact that his BAC was over three times the limit. Proving yet again that Alcohol is more dangerous than cannabis

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Thank the Authors of that putrid turd A64 for EXPLICITLY Declaring that "Driving under the INFLUENCE of Marijuana Shall REMAIN ILLEGAL" ... and putting that into the Colorado Constitution without bothering to actually define and set any rational, scientific limit.


Did your write that PROHIBITIONIST piece of shit, Rob Corry? ... or was that Lyin' Brian Vicente's idiocy?


cannawes
cannawes

If deception was not the CSPs intent, why did they omit the customary DUI Per Se charge?

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

they're just mad because their job won't let them get high. plus the legal pot is cutting into the action of the crooks profits.

Jasmine Duran
Jasmine Duran

That's so funny that when this happened all they mentioned was that he was driving under the influence of marijuana. In the beginning they didn't say much about alcohol at all. Now we hear he was three times the legal limit drunk. Yeah guess they failed to mention the real reason he hit the patrol cars. He could have been stoned 3 times over the legal limit and still probably would not have hit CSP cars. Wake up people the alcohol is what's bad leave the fucking stoners alone! H A T E R S !

Greg Jabuki DeRuckus
Greg Jabuki DeRuckus

there were stupid people before amendment 64. so it's not as if this is something new. I will be interested to see real numbers in a year of how many people actually started using marijuana simply because it was legalized locally. I don't think the numbers will be very big. I look at 64 as a more common sense approach to regulating something that was already being done.

Ben Deco
Ben Deco

Wait......you mean to tell me that police officers might be capable of lying and distorting the truth? Yeah right. Next you'll try telling me that they use violence, intimidation and and abuse of their power to ruin lives to get their rocks off.

Darren Lyman
Darren Lyman

3 times the legal limit? Technically he couldn't feel the marijuana, scientifically.

Michael Salazar
Michael Salazar

Of course they are going to try and get rid of legal weed. They can't search/seize/auction your assets for alocohol.

Ɓŕőķeʼn Ŀůʼnģz
Ɓŕőķeʼn Ŀůʼnģz

This is what gets me so steamed like a piece of limp broccoli! Stupid drunk piece of shit.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

They were lying for the baby republiKKKan JeeeEEEeeeEEEzzzzzussss, who commanded "Thou shalt lie to catapult the propaganda."

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

We were shocked, too! Thanks for the post, John.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Don't know what kind of lawyer Kilbey had, but he's already pleaded guilty and has been sentenced. Thanks for posting, Lindsay.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay It was Steve Fox MPP DC lobbyist and Vicente who would NOT remove it--Laura and I asked them before title was set.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@cannawes ... good thing YOU voted to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana over to the same Prohibitionists and Law Enforcement goons who've been running the Drug War all these years, eh bong-sucker?



michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for posting, Jasmine. We're going to feature your take in an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thoughtful post, Greg. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Not hard to read between those lines. Thanks for posting, Ben.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@michael.roberts 

why does the media ignore the word pled--the past tense of plead?  My Senior Comp teacher would cry.  He hated the ignoring of the word pled and the use of the word pleaded--every night on the news even 28 years ago.....Pled even comes up as a mis spelled word as I type it here....jesus.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@KathleenChippi ... so Vicente and Fox are PROHIBITIONIST scumbags who'd put a PERMANENT CRIMINALIZATION into the State Constitution.


A Law Enforcement Jackboot's Wet Dream.

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @KathleenChippi


damn u Donkey--I will still bitch every time I hear it or see it.  My most hated word is pleaded and I still thank Mr. Pierce.


The 1-20 on usage is interesting but I feel like it's 1-100. 

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