Vandal ordered to rehab

An 18-year-old Craig woman who admitted in late July to vandalizing two Colorado State Patrol cars will get drug rehabilitation treatment before prosecutors reach a plea agreement, District Court Judge Paul McLimans said Wednesday in court.

Megan Valenzuela, who is in the custody of the Moffat County Jail on $5,000 bond and facing a felony charge, will enter a Fort Collins drug rehab treatment facility beginning Oct. 29. After the six-week program is completed, she is scheduled to report back to the Moffat County Sheriff's Department.

Valenzuela will receive treatment at the same facility as her ex-boyfriend, Jonathon Crook, said his father, Ted Crook.

Jonathon Crook, 23, is facing a separate felony charge of attempted second-degree murder in a standoff with police July 27 that lasted through the night. Valenzuela was the alleged victim of domestic violence in that case.

Crook is scheduled to appear in district court for arraignment Nov. 8. He is halfway through a treatment process that is working well for him, Ted Crook said.

Valenzuela admitted as a witness during a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing in Crook's case that she was on methamphetamine binge when she vandalized the police vehicles.

She said she smashed the cars' hoods with a hammer because she was upset that she couldn't contact her boyfriend who was then in the Moffat County Jail.

"I think treatment is essential," Ted Crook said Wednesday upon hearing the judge's decision. "We keep putting people in jail over and over and it's not accomplishing anything."

He also hoped that Valenzuela's felony charge of criminal mischief would be reduced to a misdemeanor charge.

Valenzuela also is facing a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Valenzuela's next court appearance is Dec. 7.

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