Eagle County deputy clipped by two cars
EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. – Early Saturday morning, a sheriff’s deputy checking on a crash on the interstate was hit by two cars driven by suspected drunken drivers, one of whom fled the scene, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m., Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy John Brownlee was walking back to his patrol car with a driver who had been in an accident on a bridge on the eastbound side of Interstate 70 three miles west of Wolcott, according to a statement from the State Patrol.
As the two were walking on the shoulder of the interstate, 19-year-old Jamison Bair, of Eagle, lost control of the Subaru Outback he was driving on the icy bridge and hit Brownlee, pulling over to the shoulder afterward, the statement said.
A few moments later, Brownlee was struck again, this time by a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by 23-year-old Francisco Granados, of Avon, who kept driving afterward, the statement said. Granados was stopped by police nine miles past the incident at the Edwards exit of I-70.
Brownlee was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with a broken leg.
Bair was arrested and charged with felony vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving causing serious bodily injury, the statement said. Bair graduated in 2009 from Eagle Valley High School, where he was an accomplished golfer, qualifying for the 4A high school state tournament in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Granados was arrested and charged with felony vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving causing serious bodily injury and fleeing the scene after causing bodily injury, the statement said. Both Bair and Granados were taken to the Eagle County Jail.
A passenger in the Avalanche, 21-year-old Arzaga Moreno Antonio, of Mexico, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, the statement said.
The driver in the crash that Brownlee had left his car to investigate was not injured.
The accidents were under investigation Saturday, the statement said.
Eastbound I-70 was closed until 6:31 a.m. following the accidents. Traffic was re-routed on U.S. Highway 6 from Eagle to Edwards.
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