Garfield County prosecutors this week filed formal criminal charges against Jayson Boebert, the ex-husband of U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, after two separate alleged confrontations with family members in early January, a court supervisor confirmed Thursday.
Jayson Boebert was charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer and two petty offenses of disorderly conduct and trespassing in a Jan. 6 incident at a restaurant in Silt in which he argued with Lauren Boebert and then refused to leave the restaurant when police arrived, court records show.
He also was charged with possessing a gun while under the influence of alcohol, misdemeanor harassment and misdemeanor assault in a Jan. 9 incident in which he is accused of shoving his 18-year-old son during a physical fight around 1 a.m. at their home outside Silt, and then grabbing a rifle when his son called the sheriff’s office. He had been drinking at a bar before the encounter, according to an affidavit.
Boebert was originally charged with unlawfully pointing a firearm at another person (son), now he’s accused of illegally possessing a firearm while drunk.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s middling finish in a straw poll Thursday night drew gasps from the crowd that had just witnessed the Colorado lawmaker face off against eight other Republicans in a congressional primary debate at a rec center in Fort Lupton.
The headline-grabbing incumbent’s performance in the decidedly non-scientific survey — Boebert landed in fifth place with just over 10% of the vote, behind three veteran state lawmakers and a former talk radio host who ran last cycle for the U.S. Senate — surprised some in the room but drew shrugs from others, who pointed out that the hall was filled with local Republicans loyal to other candidates who shared the debate stage.
The 90-minute debate, which drew national attention, took place less than a month after Boebert, the state’s most prominent elected Republican, joined the already crowded GOP primary in the sprawling 4th Congressional District, which covers Colorado’s Eastern Plains, anchored by suburban Douglas County.