New Castle man arrested following October accident off Maroon Creek Road |

New Castle man arrested following October accident off Maroon Creek Road

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times

A New Castle man who drove his car off Maroon Creek Road in October and injured his passenger was arrested Tuesday after apparently stalling a Colorado State Police investigation, according to Pitkin County Court records.

Joseph W. Duff, 28, faces a misdemeanor charge of careless driving resulting in injury, records show. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on Oct. 26, a state patrol report said.

A warrant was issued for his arrest Nov. 7. Duff was arrested downvalley on Tuesday and brought to the Pitkin County Jail, where he posted $1,000 bond the same day to gain release.

In an affidavit to support the arrest, Trooper Richard Kolecki wrote that he was dispatched to Maroon Creek Road at 3:15 a.m., shortly after the accident. The vehicle, a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta, had been traveling southbound when it went off the road to the right near mile marker 2.9. It traveled about 90 feet, colliding with multiple bushes, trees and rocks before coming to a rest on its wheels, the report said.

Both Duff, the driver, and the female passenger were injured, Kolecki wrote. Their injuries did not classify as serious, according to the Aspen Valley Hospital emergency room doctor who spoke with the state trooper.

Kolecki said that he asked a nurse if he could speak with Duff. “Duff responded that I needed to talk to him the next day,” the trooper wrote.

The affidavit said that he attempted to contact Duff on four separate days, sometimes by phone but other times at his listed address, but was unsuccessful.

“On 11/3/14, I received a phone call from Duff’s phone number but when I answered and identified myself, the person the phone hung up,” Kolecki wrote. “I attempted to call back and it went to voicemail.”

Finally, on Nov. 7, the state trooper left a phone message telling Kolecki that if he didn’t contact him to give a statement then an arrest warrant would be issued.

Duff returned the call, but said he was working in Summit County. The trooper set up a meeting time in Summit County, according to the affidavit.

Later on that same day, Kolecki received another call from Duff, the report said.

“He stated that by the advice of his attorney he was not going to give a statement and that I should go ahead and issue an arrest warrant,” the affidavit said.

Duff’s first court appearance was set for Jan. 13.

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