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Cave Creek bar owner arrested on DUI, assault charges

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Collin Thorstenson (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Collin Thorstenson (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

The owner of a Cave Creek bar was arrested Sunday on charges of drunken driving and assaulting a woman.

Collin Thorstenson was booked into jail on assault and indecent exposure charges, including three counts of driving while intoxicated. One of those was an extreme DUI, with a blood-alcohol content of .15 to .20, according to a court document.

On Saturday, just before midnight, a woman called Maricopa County sheriff's dispatchers from a cell phone and told them Thorstenson took her to a house and attempted to remove her clothing as well as expose himself, court paperwork stated.

As deputies arrived in the area near 56th Street and Desert Hills, a white pickup truck passed by them, and as they pulled up to the scene, they saw the woman "crying and sobbing," according to a probable cause statement. Another deputy continued to follow the vehicle.

The woman told deputies that she and a friend earlier that night had been at a Cave Creek bar called Hogs and Horses, owned by Thorstenson.

The deputy asked her to describe the man who tried to take her clothes off and the kind of vehicle he was driving. The information was relayed to the deputy following the pickup.

The woman said her friend introduced her to Thorstenson, who offered her free drinks, the court document said.

She told deputies as she grew tired, she looked for her female friend in the bar but could not find her, the court document stated.

The woman then said Thorstenson asked her to go to her house. The court document stated, "She didn't know anyone in the bar and thought it was probably safe to go with Thorstenson."

She said he led her to what she thought was a bedroom, laid down and then saw Thorstenson begin to undress, the court document said. The woman said she fled the home when Thorstenson allegedly started "pulling down her pants."

The deputy following the pickup truck pulled the vehicle over in the Hogs and Horses parking lot and identified the driver as Thorstenson. 

"An alcoholic beverage odor was emitting from his body," the court document stated.

Deputies said they found two cans of beer in his truck passenger compartment.

The woman told deputies "she never told Thorstenson or anyone else she wanted to have sex."   

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