A motorist who allegedly tried to elude law-enforcement authorities and crashed a truck early Friday morning is under the care of a hospital in Denver, according to a statement the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office issued Friday.
About 1:05 a.m. Friday, a sheriff’s deputy attempted to make a routine traffic stop on a pickup truck displaying erratic and careless driving behavior, authorities said.
Instead of stopping, the truck ran off the right side of the road, crashing into an embankment, according to the statement. The truck then bounced back into the road before coming to a stop near the intersection of Hall Drive and Castle Creek Road.
As a deputy tried to stop the driver, the truck accelerated up Castle Creek Road and ran off the roadway again, flipping over in an area of trees on the east side of the road, the news release says.
Authorities are withholding the name of the driver until they file potential criminal charges in connection to the incident. Alcohol “is being investigated as a contributing factor in the event,” the statement says.