Utah man who allegedly hit pedestrian with car jailed on felony warrant | AspenTimes.com

Utah man who allegedly hit pedestrian with car jailed on felony warrant

ASPEN ” A Utah man made his initial court appearance Monday after he was arrested on a felony warrant issued out of a neighboring state.

Judge James Boyd advised James Paul Hamblin, 31, of potential charges against him in Pitkin County District Court in Aspen.

He stands accused of two felonies, including violation of a protection order in Idaho.

The alleged violation is what led to the felony warrant being issued against Hamblin, a court document showed. He was arrested Sunday on the warrant and booked into the Pitkin County jail.

Hamblin also faces a felony criminal impersonation count and a single misdemeanor of false reporting to authorities. Those counts stem from an incident in Aspen, in which he allegedly struck a pedestrian with a vehicle on West Hopkins Avenue on Feb. 22.

The victim, who was not injured in the incident, said he put his hands up in the air, as a Cadillac Escalade driven by Hamblin was moving toward him. The victim ended up on top of the hood.

Two people then jumped out of the vehicle and ran inside the Villas of Aspen. Officers later determined Hamblin was the driver. Hamblin was asked to take a sobriety test. He agreed, and flunked, according to an Aspen police report.

Hamblin was taken to jail and booked for driving while under the influence of alcohol, third-degree assault and reckless driving. He apparently gave officers a different name when taken into custody. That led to the criminal impersonation and false reporting allegations.

Hamblin is to next appear in court March 16. Bond was set at $5,000.

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