Charles Joseph Kelly accused of spitting on Aspen cop
A 22-year-old man was advised of charges in Pitkin County District Court on Wednesday following an early morning incident at Aspen Brewing Company’s East Hopkins Avenue tasting room.
Charles Joseph Kelly, who refused to give police his street address, faces felony second-degree assault on a police officer and misdemeanor third-degree assault. He is accused of slapping a 19-year-old woman on both sides of her face using both hands, according to an affidavit from Aspen policeman Adam Loudon, who was called to the scene at 1:45 a.m.
Kelly, a North Carolina native, allegedly caused a disturbance later at the Pitkin County Jail, hitting and kicking the windows and door of a holding cell. “While placing Kelly into a restraint chair he spit on Aspen Police Officer Kirk Wheatley’s face,” Loudon reported in the affidavit.
In the arrest record, Kelly’s listed occupation is “naturalist/journalist.”
Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely set Kelly’s bond at $1,000 cash. He was released from jail on Wednesday.