Driver charged with DUI after rollover
A Basalt man who was the driver of an SUV that flipped Tuesday on Castle Creek Road has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a state trooper.And the part-time Aspen resident who was trapped in the mangled sport utility vehicle and had to be extricated by rescue workers was released from the hospital.Troy J. Atchison, 18, has been charged with DUI, according to Trooper Joe LeMoine, who covered the accident. Atchison is also charged with underage consumption of alcohol, driving while his driver’s license is under revocation for an earlier DUI conviction, attempting to leave the scene of an accident and careless driving resulting in bodily injury, LeMoine said.Lauren C. Nesslein, 16, whose family reportedly owns homes in Aspen and Florida, was a passenger in the vehicle when it apparently missed a turn on Castle Creek Road and rolled about 8:30 a.m., landing on its roof. The impact crushed the roof of the vehicle, pinning Nesslein in the car.LeMoine said Nesslein was conscious while the extrication was under way. Atchison, according to LeMoine, had crawled from the vehicle and was attempting to flee the scene when he was stopped by a passerby, Rodney Einhorn.Both Atchison and Nesslein were taken to Aspen Valley Hospital.LeMoine said Nesslein told him the two were heading home after a party in the Castle Creek area at which a number of juveniles were drinking alcohol, although she said she had nothing to drink.LeMoine said the injuries suffered by both Nesslein and Atchison amounted to nothing more than “minor bumps, bruises and scrapes. It’s amazing.”
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