Craig police officer arrested in Grand Junction for disorderly conduct and obstructing government operations

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Craig Police Officer Eric Montes was arrested Sunday in Grand Junction for disorderly conduct and disrupting government operations.

Craig Police Department released a statement Monday disclosing the arrest and the steps they intend to take regarding the issue.

“The Craig Police Depart­ment has initiated an internal investigation of the incident to determine any department policy violations and potential disciplinary action. Any internal action will be in addition to any criminal penalties he may face in Mesa County,” according to the press release.

Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Montes has been put on administrative leave for the duration of the the investigation.

It’s unfortunate, Vanatta said, but the department will not take disciplinary measures until the investigation is complete.

“Until we get all the information gathered and the investigation completed, we can’t make that decision,” he said. “Our guys are like everybody else. Human beings tend to make mistakes.”

The police department will carry out the investigation as quickly as possible, Vanatta said.

“It’s a little bit more difficult for us because it all happened in Grand Junction,” he said, but it’s in the department’s “best interest” to get it done soon.

According to the Mesa Coun­ty summons, Montes allegedly pushed a female party and held up government operations by insisting on sleeping in his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol even though officers asked him to stay in a hotel.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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