4 Rainbow participants arrested on drug, obstruction charges

— Four members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of possessing psilocybin mushrooms and obstructing police officers.

Routt County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Dan Kelliher said four young men from California and South Carolina reportedly were racing and weaving up Routt County Road 129 near Forest Service Road 550 when U.S. Forest Service officers stopped the men after receiving a report they nearly ran another motorist off the road.

Kelliher said the men, Brandon D. Behnken, 22; Russell Dean Watkins, 22; John Frank Rivero, 21; and Scott David Petersen, 25, locked themselves in the Ford Escort stationwagon they were driving, locked arms and began singing songs, refusing to allow officers to open the doors.

"They were highly uncooperative," Kelliher said. "They refused to succumb to our commands."

Officers broke two of the car's windows, deployed pepper spray and pulled the men from the vehicle, Kelliher said.

Officers also found suspected psilocybin mushrooms, a schedule I controlled substance, on two of the men and marijuana and drug paraphernalia on another.

Behnken, the driver, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a schedule I controlled substance, possessing less than 1 ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and obstructing a police officer. Watkins was charged with possessing a schedule I controlled substance and obstructing a police officer. Rivero and Petersen were arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a police officer.

Behnken and Watkins are being held on a $20,000 bond at the Routt County Jail, and Rivero and Petersen are being held on a $750 bond. The four men are scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1 p.m. June 28.

--To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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