Pueblo prosecutor charged with DUI
pitkin county correspondent
A deputy district attorney in Pueblo’s 10th Judicial District was arrested outside Aspen early Monday on a charge of drunken driving and, according to a police report, asked the arresting officer if he could call Colleen Truden, the local district attorney.
Karl Tameler, 41, of Beulah was allegedly going 53 mph in a 25 mph construction zone near the Maroon Creek bridge before he was pulled over around 2 a.m. The arrest report by Aspen police officer Dan Glidden says Tameler, who was likely in town for a gathering of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council in Snowmass Village over the weekend, repeatedly questioned Glidden about his arrest.
When first questioned, “he opened his wallet and, while getting his license, prominently displayed a law enforcement badge in my direction,” the officer’s report says.
Tameler, whose title is chief trial deputy in Pueblo, refused to perform a breath test and was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for a blood test.
“During the ride to AVH, Tameler again mentioned the serious and major types of cases he had prosecuted and also made references about the ‘huge’ amount of discretion an officer had in making an arrest,” according to the report.
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As they were walking into the hospital, the report says Tameler asked Glidden if he could call Truden. The officer told him he could make as many calls as he wanted after his blood was drawn.
Truden, when told about Tameler’s alleged statement, said she had not seen the police report.
“I believe I probably met the guy once or twice. I don’t know what he’s talking about,” she said. “It’s unfortunate if he got drunk and has to deal with some issues. If that happened to anybody in my office, I’d fire them.”
Asked if Tameler was perhaps considering receiving special treatment, she said it wouldn’t happen.
“Why would he?” Truden said.
In his report, Glidden said there was a strong odor of alcohol on the suspect’s breath and that he failed roadside sobriety tests. During the roadside maneuvers, Tameler told the officer he had “prosecuted many DUI cases,” the report says.
After the blood test at the hospital, Tameler was taken to the Pitkin County Jail. While en route, he “talked at length about his caseload and background, and professional courtesy was mentioned by him,” according to the report.
Once at the jail, the prosecutor allegedly asked the officer if he was comfortable with how the arrest had been handled.
“I asked him if he fully appreciated the position he was putting me in by asking me to compromise my ethics and standards, or use a double standard in dealing with him,” Glidden’s report says. “He made an off-hand comment that I was going to ruin his career.”
Tameler is to appear Nov. 8 in county court.
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