Longmont Man Accused of Driving Car Toward Neighbors Pleads Not Guilty, Will Face Trial in March
A Longmont man accused of aggressively driving his car toward neighbors while under the influence of alcohol pleaded not guilty on Friday to the six charges filed against him.
Abel Elizondo, 38, was arrested in July for three counts of felony menacing, two counts of attempted second-degree assault and one count of driving under the influence.
At an arraignment in Boulder County District Court Friday morning, Elizondo pleaded not guilty to each count.
He is set to face a jury trial on March 18.
According to an arrest affidavit, a neighbor in the area of the 200 block of Maggie Street told police that Elizondo was speeding around the neighborhood and its alleyways while she was walking her dog .
When the neighbor asked him to slow down and turn down his music, Elizondo drove toward the neighbor at a high rate of speed, as if he was trying to hit her, the affidavit states. The neighbor told police he came within 3 feet of her.
Elizondo then got out of his car and was confrontational. The neighbor told police he seemed drunk.
Two other neighbors that came outside because of the noise told police that Elizondo got back into his car and drove toward them as if trying to hit them, as well, the affidavit states.
Shortly before Elizondo was reported for driving aggressively, an officer had responded to a call at his residence. The officer said Elizondo was visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking, according to the affidavit.
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