Driver in I-70 crash charged with drug trafficking; passenger who fled the scene sustained serious injuries |

Driver in I-70 crash charged with drug trafficking; passenger who fled the scene sustained serious injuries

On Saturday, Nov. 20, Summit County sent out an alert that authorities were looking for a man near Officers Gulch along Interstate 70. Authorities located the man within the hour. On Monday, Nov. 22, Colorado State Patrol trooper Josh Lewis explained what happened over the weekend.

Lewis said that at about 11:30 a.m., officers received reports of an aggressive driver on I-70. Before officers could make contact, they received reports that the vehicle had crashed. No other vehicles were involved.

There were two individuals in the car: a 30-year-old male driver and a 24-year-old male passenger. Both individuals are from Iowa. The driver remained on scene and was evaluated at St. Anthony Summit Hospital.

The passenger fled the scene of the crash and was later found on foot near the recpath. He was brought to St. Anthony Summit Hospital with serious injuries, Lewis said. As of Monday, the passenger was still at the hospital.

When the man fled the scene, authorities believed him to be part of a hit-and-run and were unsure whether he was dangerous, which is why they told the public not to approach in an alert, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Jessica Bruce said Saturday.

After being medically cleared, the driver was taken into custody for various traffic violations and drug violations. A warrant has been issued for the passenger who fled the scene, but Lewis said that due to his injuries, he has not been taken into custody. Charges include reckless driving, reckless endangerment, vehicular assault and drug trafficking.

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