Carbondale man faces 15 charges after Aspen car wreck
ASPEN – Pitkin County’s head prosecutor filed 15 counts Friday against a Carbondale man for his role in a July 4 car crash that injured both him and a 12-year-old passenger.
Among the charges Dylan Thomas Martin, 21, faces are felony counts of aggravated motor theft, second-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin also charged Martin with multiple misdemeanors, including child abuse, false imprisonment and driving under the influence.
The counts come after Martin allegedly stole a Basalt man’s 2006 Lexus RX 330 on July 3 or 4, authorities say.
Around 12:30 a.m. on July 4, Martin fell asleep at the wheel of the SUV on Cemetery Lane and crashed it, according to an affidavit from Basalt Police Sgt. Penny Paxton. Paxton’s affidavit was partly based on statements from a 12-year-old Basalt boy, who told police that Martin offered him a lift to El Jebel.
“(The juvenile) said he got in accepting a ride and thought they were going to El Jebel,” Paxton wrote.
The boy told Paxton that Martin was weaving on the road and drinking beer. They made it to El Jebel, and the boy asked to be dropped off.
But Martin had other plans, the affidavit suggests.
“No, I want to show you how fast this car goes,” Martin told the boy, the affidavit alleges.
The boy asked to be let out of the car and also asked Martin to slow down as the SUV reached speeds of 90 to 95 miles per hour on Highway 82, the affidavit says.
When Martin turned the Lexus onto Cemetery Lane, the boy “stated that he looked over and Martin had passed out. (The boy) said that Martin had slumped over the steering wheel and his foot pressed on the gas. (The boy) said that was when they hit the speed bump and crashed.”
The juvenile suffered cuts and abrasions on his arm and neck scrapes from his seat belt.
Martin was hospitalized with more serious injuries.
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