On Sunday, at approximately 1:00am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the 400 Block of 30 1/4 Road, after multiple reports of gun shots heard in the area.
Officers located a vehicle parked at a school in the area, and contacted the driver and passenger. The driver of the vehicle informed officers that there was a rifle in the vehicle, but denied any knowledge of gun shots in the area. A routine records check was performed on both subjects, revealing active arrests warrants for both of them. The driver was identified as Joaquin Tafoya, 38, and the passenger as Amanda Burke, 29.
Officers also observed a pipe, commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, in the center cup holder of the truck. A subsequent search of the vehicle was performed, revealing a clear plastic baggy containing suspected methamphetamine in the same cup holder, underneath the pipe. The rifle, which the driver voluntarily told officers about earlier, was also located, along with a small amount of ammunition.
Tafoya was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail, on charges of Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO), and Special Offender (DF1), for possessing a firearm while also being in possession of drugs. He was also booked on his warrant.
Burke was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail, for Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), as well as three outstanding warrants.
A couple of hours later, at around 3:00am, on Sunday morning, officers were dispatched to a report of a crash in the area of 25 Road and Patterson Road. Upon arrival, a sedan was found to have hit a tree on the northwest corner of the intersection. Witnesses on scene stated that they arrived in the area right after the crash occurred, and saw the driver of the vehicle get out of the driver’s seat, retrieve a backpack from the passenger side, and then run into the gas station. As she ran past them, the driver told witnesses not to call the police.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Arlene Grijalva, 21, was contacted and evaluated by medical personnel. Officers attempted to interview Grijalva, and observed several factors known to indicate that a subject is under the influence, such as reddened conjunctiva, dilated pupils, and slow, slurred speech. Grijalva also had a difficult time staying awake during contact with officers. Grijalva was arrested for driving under the influence and a subsequent search was performed on her car and backpack. In the backpack, officers located a small baggie containing a white crystalline substance, which tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.
Grijalva was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail, for Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance (DF4), DUI, Driving with a Denied License, and Careless Driving.