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Councilman likely to be charged for trashing jail

Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

  A Snowmass Town Councilman could end up behind bars again, because he allegedly trashed the Pitkin county jail so badly last week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.

Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving drunk. Once in jail, he also allegedly damaged two different rooms. Officials say Jacobson ruined a vanity, ripped equipment off walls, including a stainless steel mirror, sound insulation, plus molding off the floor. Jacobson was put in a restraint chair that he then unbolted from the ground.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo says the damage is significant.

“You know, you come into my jail and break stuff, you are going to be charged for it, criminally and financially,” he says.

DiSalvo says he is consulting with the district attorney’s office on what charges to file.

“It would be criminal mischief with the dollar amount separating felony and misdemeanor. It’s usually a felony.”

Jacobson is the first elected official in Pitkin county jailed since sheriff DiSalvo took office five years ago.

Carolyn Sackariason, Aspen Public Radio news.