Longmont man accused of driving car toward neighbors while drunk

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Abel Elizondo

Abel Elizondo (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

A Longmont man accused of driving under the influence and aggressively maneuvering his car toward neighbors on Monday is facing three felony counts of menacing with a deadly weapon, among other charges.

Abel Elizondo, 38, was arrested Monday on suspicion of three counts of attempted vehicular assault, three counts of menacing with a deadly weapon and single counts of reckless driving and driving under the influence.

According to an arrest affidavit, one of Elizondo’s neighbors in the area of the 200 block of Maggie Street said he was speeding around the neighborhood and its alleyways while she was walking her dog.

After Elizondo attempted to park in his garage, his neighbor asked him what he was doing, as he had nearly hit her and her dog, according to the affidavit. She asked him to slow down and turn down his music.

According to the affidavit, Elizondo re-entered his car and drove toward his neighbor at a high speed, as if he was trying to hit her. The car came within 3 feet of her, she told police.

Elizondo then exited his car again and was confrontational, according to the affidavit. The neighbor told police he was clearly drunk.

Two other neighbors had heard Elizondo’s tires squealing and went outside. They told police they were afraid Elizondo was going to hit his neighbor, so they moved closer.

Elizondo then got back into his car and drove toward the two other neighbors as if trying to hit them, according to the affidavit, again stopping within 3 feet.

One neighbor told a police dispatcher that she was going to arm herself with a knife during the confrontation because she was afraid of Elizondo. The officer at the scene said she was still shaking when he spoke to her.

Elizondo’s landlord also told police that he has a “serious alcohol and drug problem,” according to the affidavit.

Earlier that night, another Longmont police officer had responded to a call at Elizondo’s residence. The officer said Elizondo was visibly intoxicated and admitted to drinking, according to the affidavit. The call was just prior to when Elizondo was reported driving aggressively around the area.

Elizondo will make his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon.

He is being held at the Boulder County Jail without bail because he poses a flight risk due to previous failures to appear in court, according to the arrest affidavit.

According to Colorado courts records, Elizondo was previously convicted on charges of theft, obstructing a peace officer, robbery and attempted robbery, among other charges and traffic infractions.

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