There's nothing quite like being thrown in the prison named for you after being charged with selling methamphetamine for sex. Unfortunately, Patrick Sullivan is finding that out the hard way.
He was named the nation's “sheriff of the year” while sheriff of Arapahoe County in Colorado. The New York Times tells a story of him crashing a Jeep through a wall to save his deputies from an armed gunman. One of his biggest legal pushes was to get assault weapons off the street. And now he's being held in the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility, which was named after him.
Former employees and constituents are shocked. They say this is not the Patrick Sullivan they used to know.
The case remains under investigation and Sullivan’s bail is set at $500,000.
Police have arrested Timothy Faase, 49, the man they suspect was supplying Sullivan with the drugs.
When police knocked down Faase's door, they found him in the home with another man named “Fritz” who is said to not have been involved in the drug ring. Fritz told police he'd seen Sullivan at the house, but he had no idea what the men were up to. Fritz says that despite his sordid career, Faase was a nice man.
“He’d help get donated food for them, take care of them. Those folks that couldn’t have a Thanksgiving dinner, he cooked a huge bird and he would take dinner to folks,” Fritz said. “Tim’s still got his heart in the right place and I think what happened is he just got tied up with something that was a lot bigger than he ever expected and never even realized that it was going to be something like this.”