Local law enforcement officers rang in the new year dealing with drunk and disorderly revelers downtown -- including one Flagstaff man who kicked a police horse after being arrested.

Keith Goldtooth was charged with assaulting an officer.

Officers and deputies were also involved in a car chase that ended when an 18-year-old Flagstaff man crashed a car into an eastside trailer home and then fled the area with two passengers, ages 13 and 15.

In the hours immediately before and after the Great Pine Cone Drop at midnight, Flagstaff police officers responded to 47 calls for service in the downtown and Southside neighborhoods, officials said.

Police officials said they made 21 arrests in the neighborhoods, most of which were for fights and drug or liquor violations.

Other calls requiring an officer to respond were for traffic stops, public assists and people disturbing the peace.

Four officers worked overtime shifts and one entire squad was reassigned from dayshift to nightshift to help out downtown. Even Flagstaff Chief of Police Kevin Treadway was on hand for the midnight Pine Cone Drop.

According to a report, a Coconino County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a car for a routine traffic violation on North Highway 89 at about 2 a.m.

The driver and passengers -- one of whom she thought to be about 6 years old -- had no identification, but gave the deputy their names to run.

While in her patrol car, the deputy watched the car's brake lights flicker on and off and the occupants talk to each other. The car then sped off toward Flagstaff city limits, reaching speeds of about 90 mph.

A Flagstaff police officer joined the pursuit after he watched the deputy drive past with her lights on at the intersection of North Steves Boulevard and East Route 66.

The suspect eventually crashed into a trailer home on East Industrial Avenue, and all three passengers took off on foot.

A police officer tracked down a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl hiding at a nearby business. The driver was later spotted walking on Soliere Avenue and was arrested.

Kenneth Apodaca Jr. was charged with endangerment, fleeing from officers, leaving the scene of a property accident, aggravated DUI, contributing to the delinquency of minors and criminal damage.

Other New Year's Eve disturbances:

-- A 25-year-old Page man was arrested just minutes into the New Year when he left Collins Irish Pub following an argument with his girlfriend and kicked a sign in front of an officer. The man's friend, also of Page, said the suspect was upset over a fight with his girlfriend and a bouncer said he made a disturbance inside. The man was hostile toward officers and cursed at them when they contacted him, and he was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct.

-- Flagstaff police separated two men from fighting at about 12:20 a.m. after a bystander ran to alert mounted officers near the pine cone. Both men and their girlfriends claimed that the other man had started the fight. One man was left on the ground bloodied by the altercation. Police, unable to ascertain who had started the fight, separated the two for the night.

-- Police officers helped bouncers remove several men from Collins Irish Pub at about 12:30 a.m. after one of the men made rude remarks to a female bartender. The 21-year-old Phoenix man, who was drinking with several friends from Flagstaff, was told he had to leave for the night but could return in the future. No charges were filed.

-- A 25-year-old Flagstaff woman claimed that her boyfriend's sister punched her in the face in front of Collins Irish Pub at about 1:15 a.m. The other woman claimed the reported victim had attacked her first. Both said the other had been sending threatening phone messages. Flagstaff police closed the case early, as they were uncertain of who was the aggressor in the case.

-- Police took a 34-year-old man to jail after he got violent with bouncers at Collins Irish Pub when he was asked to leave. The man reportedly was throwing other bar patrons' drinks as he was removed from the bar. The man told police he was a good person, but said he had just made a bad decision. He was arrested for disorderly conduct at about 1:20 a.m.

-- A 41-year-old Scottsdale man was arrested after he tried to force his way into a stranger's car in front of Peace Surplus on West Route 66 just after 2 a.m. According to a police report, two 24-year-old men were forced to fight the man off after one of the men's mother arrived to pick them up from downtown. The suspect put his hands around one of the men's necks when he was told to get out of the car. Witnesses said they watched the two men fight off the suspect, who later told police "I have no idea what happened here." He was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on disorderly conduct charges.

Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or ebetz@azdailysun.com.

(5) comments


No wonder cops so look forward to the Holidays. Peace on Earth and Goodwil to Men.

Phil McCracken
Phil McCracken

i think more guns would have helped avoid all this mayhem


Wow, I was sleeping by 9:30pm.... I am glad I stayed home... to cold and to crazy.


Why people drink alcohol I'll never know. I have found it leads to nothing but trouble. Who needs it. Fact.

gypsy cab

And people wonder why you cant get cabs downtown sometimes.....

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