21st Judicial District Court Judge Lance Timbreza was cited on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving after he crashed his SUV on Saturday.
According to police, multiple witnesses saw Timbreza’s SUV speeding on 27 1/2 Road before he lost control after a turn and crashed into an area of brush and trees along the road. An officer who responded to the crash scene described Timbreza as “unsteady on his feet,” and said the judge at one point walked into the road in front of a passenger car, which had to slow down to keep from hitting him. In the case report from the Grand Junction Police Department, that officer also noted he “could smell a strong odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage emitting from his [Timbreza’s] breath,” and that Timbreza’s “eyes appeared to be watery, glassy, and bloodshot; his face was also flushed.”
Timbreza was arrested and released on a summons for driving under the influence and careless driving, and his arraignment is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. on July 15th.