Man gets probation for Aspen crash
Ryan Summerlin December 18, 2012
ASPEN – A judge sentenced a Carbondale man to four years of probation Monday in connection with a July vehicle accident on Cemetery Lane that led to the injury of a young boy.
Dylan Thomas Martin, 21, pleaded guilty to attempted contribution to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin agreed to drop multiple felony charges that arose from the incident that resulted in the hospitalization of a 12-year-old Basalt boy who suffered cuts and abrasions on his arm and neck scrapes from his seat belt.
Around 12:30 a.m. on July 4, Martin fell asleep at the wheel of a Lexus RX 330 on Cemetery Lane and crashed it, Basalt police said. The boy told police that Martin offered him a lift to El Jebel from Carbondale, but instead Martin took a wild ride in which he drank beer and reached speeds of 90 to 95 miles per hour on Highway 82 before turning onto Cemetery Lane and wrecking the SUV.
The plea agreement, approved by Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols, also requires Martin to pay restitution to the vehicle’s owner and the passenger.
In other court developments Monday:
• Aspen Middle School teacher Bruce Lee Johnson, arrested by Aspen police Dec. 8 on suspicion of cocaine possession and driving under the influence, made his first court appearance.
Snowmass Village attorney Lawson Wills entered his appearance for Johnson. Wills requested that Mordkin delay filing the charges until Johnson’s next court appearance, which is scheduled for Jan. 7.
The Aspen School District has placed Johnson, 45, of Snowmass Village, on administrative leave pending an internal investigation of the incident.
• A Brighton man pleaded guilty to vehicle assault by means of DUI, resulting in a four-year deferred judgment for the electrician.
Kyle Wesley Price, who is in his early 20s, was arrested Aug. 3 after he crashed a Cadillac Escalade while trying to stave off the pursuit of a Snowmass Village police officer. The vehicle belonged to a woman who had asked Price to drive her home.
“The victim suffered a significant laceration on her forehead,” Mordkin told the judge.
The victim was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident. Price also was hospitalized with minor injuries.