Phillips’ Chaffee County hearing continued |

Phillips’ Chaffee County hearing continued

by Jane Stebbins

SALIDA – A probation revocation hearing for Lee Phillips was continued Tuesday until May 1 to give attorneys time to address legal issues related to the case.

Phillips, of Hartsel, was on a year’s probation on an alcohol-related charge in Chaffee County when he was involved in a car wreck in Park County that killed a Breckenridge man and critically injured another. One of the stipulations of his Chaffee County probation was that he not consume alcohol; preliminary evidence in the Park County accident indicates Phillips had a blood alcohol of .191, almost twice the legal limit in Colorado.

Phillips also was to appear in Summit County Court in February on charges of driving under the influence last summer (an incident that also occurred when he was on probation). After Phillips failed to appear in court on a bond hearing, County Court Judge Ed Casias placed him under house arrest in March, demanded he turn over his temporary driver’s license and comply with alcohol intervention services officials who could call him any time and ask him to blow into a machine mounted to his phone to measure his blood-alcohol content.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or

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