FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – A student driver for a service that gives safe rides home for Colorado State University students has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence while on duty.
The Rocky Mountain Collegian reports campus police arrested the RamRide driver, identified as Karl La Borde, around 2 a.m. Friday.
A representative for the Larimer County district attorney’s office says the student faces charges of speeding, driving under the influence of marijuana, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
CBS4’s Ty Brennan spoke with La Borde. He didn’t deny the charges and apologized profusely, saying he made a dumb mistake.
“I was basically pulled over for driving under the influence of marijuana,” La Borde told Brennan. “I deserve every consequence that’s coming to me. I made a mistake and it was a stupid one and I will pay my consequences and do what I have to do to pay for that.”
RamRide is provided through the Associated Students of CSU. The group’s chief of staff, Robert Duran, says only La Borde and another volunteer, who La Borde called his navigator, were in the car at the time of the arrest. The other volunteer was also cited for marijuana possession.
The director of RamRide, Chelsey Green, hopes the incident doesn’t tarnish the operation.
“We have a very good name for ourselves and I don’t want something like this to impede on our success or expanding RamRide and making it the best it possibly can be in the future,” Green said.
“I hope that no one questions the safety RamRide provides,” La Borde said. ‘RamRide is a great thing. I made a mistake and hopefully I can be forgiven for it.”
RamRide has been in operation at CSU for nine years.
La Borde and the navigator will no longer be allowed to volunteer. They could also face some sort of punishment from the university.
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