Griffith given time to consider plea offer

A 36-year-old man charged with kidnapping, burglary and assault has been given time to consider a plea offer.

Todd Phillip Griffith, who police say dragged an estranged girlfriend from Tamarack Drive to his residence in Dream Island Mobile Home Community, appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday. At that appearance, the District Attorney's Office gave Griffith a new plea offer and Routt County Judge James Garrecht gave Griffith a week to think about the offer, continuing his case until Tuesday.

Griffith's case already was granted a 30-day continuance in January so evidence could be examined.

Griffith has been charged with assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, burglary and criminal mischief.

Griffith was arrested Dec. 16 after police said they found him dragging his estranged girlfriend outside of his mobile home in the Dream Island Mobile Home Community.

The 43-year-old woman told police Griffith had broken into her home in the 400 block of Tamarack Drive, dragged her down Fish Creek Falls Road, across Lincoln Avenue and along the bike path to Griffith's residence.

When found, the woman was badly injured with bruises on her shoulders, chest, left arm and face. She also had frostbitten toes and complained of head pain, the police report states.

In other court action Wednesday, a 27-year-old Steamboat Springs man arrested on suspicion of picking up a package of suspected cocaine had his case bound over to District Court.

Jared Evan Cobb appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday, where Garrecht set a District Court hearing for April 9. Cobb was arrested Jan. 14 after allegedly receiving a FedEx package containing 86 grams of suspected cocaine.

The package was shipped from out of state, and FedEx contacted GRAMNET, the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, after its detection equipment identified a suspicious substance.

GRAMNET had an undercover officer deliver the package to the hotel and waited until Cobb picked up the package, GRAMNET officials said.

Cobb was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Schedule II substance, intent to distribute a Schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also in Routt County Court on Wednesday, a 54-year old Rock Springs, Wyo., man appeared on charges of second-degree motor vehicle theft.

Wallace Gordon Wright, who was arrested Friday on charges of theft, driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI per se, parole violation, speeding and driving without a license, had his case continued to Tuesday.

The Colorado State Patrol pulled Wright over for speeding and discovered he was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup reported stolen that day in Rock Springs.

At Wednesday's hearing, Wright told Garrecht he would be willing to serve his sentence concurrently with a two to 3 1/2 year sentence in Wyoming.

"I am not here to waste your time or the court's time," Wright said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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