News 5 Investigates: Husband of Fremont County clerk arrested

Posted at 11:44 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2018-08-09 01:31:36-04

Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr’s husband, Chad Barr was arrested Friday morning for Contempt of Court.  News 5 Investigates has learned that Barr was taken into custody on a bench warrant after he didn’t go to court on Thursday.  Barr is being held on a $1,000 PR bond.

Barr did got to court for a case where he is accused of not paying for over $60,000 in mechanical equipment for his shop, Rocky Mountain Auto and Diesel.

Canon City Police arrested Barr at his auto repair business after the supplier of the equipment asked them to assist with a civil standby while he took back the equipment.

Earlier this week News 5 was in court on a different case where Barr  is accused of illegally selling a customer’s car over a contract disagreement on repair service costs.  In this case Barr is being sued by Justin Trouard, a Colorado resident.

Trouard took his Ford truck in for repairs and says he agreed to pay Barr for repairs with cash and a Harley Davidson motorcycle. After repairs were made, the complaint alleges Barr backtracked on the agreement and wanted cash. When Trouard didn’t pay the amount Barr was asking, Barr allegedly had the truck re-titled and sold it.

At a court hearing on Sept. 5, a judge ordered Barr to return the vehicle pending the outcome of the case. Barr did not comply and failed to show up to a hearing.

In court Tuesday, Barr asked to retain legal counsel in this case. He told a judge the vehicle is no longer in his possession.

He’s due back in court Nov. 22.

This is all on the heels of a criminal investigation into Katie Barr.

The investigation into the county clerk  was launched following an inquiry submitted by News 5 back in September.

Over the summer, News 5 Investigates received a tip that Barr was potentially mismanaging county finances for her family’s personal gain and then allegedly altering the books to cover it up.  In early October, Cañon City police executed search warrants related to the case with the help of the FBI.