Gary Faulkner was released after he was arrested for domestic violence and third-degree assault following a car crash Wednesday morning. He told 9NEWS he thinks the latest bin Laden tape is a taunt from the al-Qaeda leader to let Faulkner know he is still alive.
"[I'm] just trying to get back to Pakistan and deal with this thing and now after bin Laden made a statement," Faulker said after being released from jail. "The statement wasn't for the flood victims. The statement was coming out to me saying, 'I'm still here, come get me if you think you can.' That's really what the statement was about, or else he would have just kept his mouth shut."
The Colorado State Patrol arrested Gary Faulkner Wednesday after the car he was riding in was involved in a single-car crash on North Spring Gulch Road near Clear Creek County Road 308.
Faulkner was the passenger in a blue Ford Explorer driven by Jennifer Logie-Oliver, 51, according to a Colorado State Patrol spokeswoman Heather Cobler.
Troopers arrested Logie-Oliver for DUI and Faulkner for domestic violence and third-degree assault. Faulkner later told 9NEWS he was the one driving the car when it crashed.
Faulkner says he and Logie Oliver, a close friend, were spending time in the canyon doing target practice, hiking, talking and having a "couple of drinks, but nothing over intoxicating."
"And so we are coming down off the mountain, and I was driving for her," Faulkner said. "So what happened was we were driving, and she picked up my hand and was giving me some light kisses and some encouragement with not to be discouraged with what's happing. And I looked over at her for just a second to say, 'Thanks a lot. I love you for your help and support,' and we hit a rock. I got a little to close to the edge and it pulled the truck over the edge. It was just soft dirt."
The police report says they notices bruises on Logie-Oliver's head after responding to the scene of the accident. When asked about the bruises, she first told police she hit her head on the dashboard of the vehicle in the accident, then told police she got them from falling down a hill.
"She was kissing my hand, I'm driving and we are talking and I looked over at her and that's when we went over the edge and she's going over like this - bam. It did that," Faulkner told 9NEWS. "It wasn't a punch or nothing like that, and there are no bruises on her face right now. They were very superficial actually. I think it was more mascara than anything else, you could look at her right now and there's nothing on her what so ever. She wasn't beat down or anything like that. We just hit a bumpy right at the moment of bonding some more."
Faulkner told police, according to the report, that the two of them were drinking at the top of a hill. He says he was upset with the way Logie-Oliver was driving, the police report says, and the two were in a verbal argument when the car crashed.
"The driver's injuries were not consistent with a traffic accident," Cobler said.
"It wasn't heated like a beat down or nothing like that, it was heated like son of a Bin Laden you know. It didn't really go off the edge, it just sucked us over because it gave away. [Be]cause when you look at it, you can see it just pulled the truck over because that edge was so soft."
Faulkner was released from jail Wednesday afternoon without bond. Logie-Oliver is still in the Clear Creek County Jail with $1,000 bond.
Faulkner is expected to appear in court again on Oct. 19.
Faulkner was last arrested in mid-June in northern Pakistan while on a solo mission to find and kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Faulkner, a construction worker from Colorado, had a pistol and a 40-inch sword when he was detained in a forest in the Chitral region of Pakistan.
Faulkner was born in Los Angeles and moved to Colorado in 1968 where he worked as an independent contractor. Gary Faulkner's brother, Scott Faulkner, said in June that his brother is not insane and doesn't have photos of bin Laden hanging in his home.
Faulkner was allowed to return to America after his arrest and told 9NEWS he was preparing to go back to Pakistan to "finish his business."
In an Aug. 10 interview, Faulkner showed proof of his two passports filled with stamps from seven different trips to Pakistan. He said he was planning his eighth trip back. His passport showed his VISA expired at the end of August.
After coming home in June, Faulkner was treated for kidney problems.
"It's time to move forward," Faulkner said at the time. "I'm healthy, I'm ready to go back and just finish the deed."
It is unclear whether Faulkner has made another trip to Pakistan.
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