Weld County deputy arrested on drunk driving charge after off-duty crash

Michael Ryan
Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 15:29:32-04

GREELEY, Colo. — A Weld County detention officer was arrested on drunk driving charges over the weekend, officials said Monday.

Michael Ryan was off duty when the incident happened early Saturday on the Highway 34 bypass near Promontory Parkway in Greeley, according to a police news release.

Officers had responded about 1:30 a.m. to a traffic accident and found a damaged black Acura unoccupied. After searching the area, they found Ryan hiding in a marshy area, the news release said.

Ryan showed signs of "heavy intoxication" and refused to talk with officers, police said. He was taken to jail.

A spokesperson for the Weld County Sheriff's Office on Monday said Sheriff Steve Reams was "working through the termination process" regarding Ryan. The deputy was hired in November and assigned to the jail.

Ryan in 2005 pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while ability impaired in Colorado Springs. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Denver later that same year. He also pleaded guilty to urinating in public in Denver in 2010.