Judge softens restraining order, allows Frisks to seek therapy | SummitDaily.com

Judge softens restraining order, allows Frisks to seek therapy

by Reid Williams

BRECKENRIDGE – Edward James Frisk II wanted to visit with his grandchildren after a conference in Summit County Court, but he had to wait for his wife to leave the room before he could do so.

Frisk is charged with felony second-degree kidnapping, third-degree assault and menacing. The charges involve domestic violence and could carry extended sentences. A restraining order prohibits him from having any contact with his wife, but Tuesday, County Court Judge Ed Casias softened the restraining order to allow Frisk and his wife to attend couples therapy and address the problems that led to an intervention from law enforcement.

“I’m all for it,” Diane Frisk told the judge. “I don’t believe this man would ever hurt me again.”

The charges against Frisk stem from an April 23 incident that ended with Diane Frisk running down Interstate 70 flagging down motorists for help and Edward Frisk II ingesting prescription medication in an apparent suicide attempt. The couple was camping at Green Mountain Reservoir, and reportedly had been consuming alcohol and cocaine when a dispute arose. Edward Frisk II allegedly punched and grappled with his wife and was attempting to drive her back to the couple’s home in Evergreen when she escaped on the eastbound approach to the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Edward Frisk II has since completed an in-patient program for substance abuse and is under regular monitoring for drug and alcohol abstinence. According to his attorney, Timothy Meinert, Frisk II has been sober for 49 days. Meinert said the couples counseling is essential for Frisk and his wife.

“This is a textbook case of what’s wrong with the judicial system,” Meinert said. “My client hasn’t seen his wife in six weeks, and he can’t even say hi. These two people want to resolve this.”

Assistant District Attorney Mark Hurlburt said he disagrees with Meinert. Hurlburt said he is glad to see the Frisks want to receive help through counseling, but that rehabilitation is only one component of the judicial system.

“The system is designed to protect the victim,” Hurlburt said. “Whether or not this goes to trial – we’ll have to wait and see.”

If the case does go to trial, it will move to District Court because of the felony kidnapping charge. A final pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 25.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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