Man who drove off Monument cliff was accused of assault |

Man who drove off Monument cliff was accused of assault

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. ” The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that a man who park officials say was trying to kill himself when he drove off a cliff in Colorado National Monument is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Thirty-four-year-old Daniel John Lyons of Clifton was being held Saturday on a $60,000 cash or surety bond on suspicion of felonies including sexual assault on a child.

An arrest warrant affidavit says the girl’s mother reported the allegations to Mesa County sheriff’s officials Monday.

Lyons spoke with investigators Wednesday. Later that day, he was rescued after calling 911 on his cell phone to report he had driven off the monument but survived after his van got stuck on a rock outcropping.

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