Two men charged with felonies in unrelated traffic incidents Saturday night |

Two men charged with felonies in unrelated traffic incidents Saturday night

Jesus Amin Espinosa-Peredo

An El Jebel man driving on Emma Road swerved in front of the wrong car just before midnight Saturday.

Cesar Enrique Garcia made some erratic driving moves as Basalt Police Officer Aaron Munch watched from his patrol car. Munch pulled Garcia over and smelled alcohol, and later found a metal pipe with cocaine residue on it as well as an unloaded handgun.

Garcia allegedly blew a .164 on a breath test, more than twice the legal limit, according to a police report.

Garcia was charged with multiple crimes, including a Class 4 drug felony for possession of a controlled substance.

About an hour later, the Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene where an Aspen man had crashed while driving on Highway 82 near mile marker 26. The man, Jesus Espinosa-Peredo, had a passenger in the car and both men appeared to be injured, according to a police report.

An officer later smelled alcohol on Espinosa-Peredo’s breath while talking to him at Aspen Valley Hospital and observed other signs of alcohol intoxication. A blood draw confirmed he had been driving under the influence, according to the report.

The passenger, Alejandro Peredo, suffered a broken arm and broken ribs in the accident. Espinosa-Peredo also suffered serious bodily injuries, according to the report, but his injuries were not specified.

He was charged with DUI, careless driving causing bodily injury, failure to present evidence of insurance and vehicular assault-DUI, a felony.

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