Driver charged with vehicular assault


A Steamboat Springs man has been charged with vehicular assault and prohibited use of a weapon after a car crash Tuesday near Wilderness Ranch that injured his passenger.

James Clinton Graham, 30, was booked into the Moffat County Jail on Tuesday on five charges, including felony vehicular assault, misdemeanor prohibited use of a weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol and two traffic offenses stemming from a single vehicle rollover Tuesday, police said.

Graham posted $750 bond and was released Wednesday afternoon.

The accident occurred on Forest Service Road 109, about 20 miles northeast of Craig, police said.

The truck Graham was driving went out of control and rolled down an embankment, landing on the driver's side, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

Graham and the passenger, William Duncan, 28, of Stagecoach, were taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig.

Graham was treated and released before being arrested by the State Patrol at the hospital. Duncan suffered a concussion and later was released.

State Patrol Capt. Brett Williams said Graham was charged with vehicular assault because Duncan was injured and there is evidence Graham was driving drunk.

The same evidence, along with a gun troopers reported finding in the car, led to Graham being charged with prohibited use of a weapon, Williams said.

Williams declined to specify what type of weapon troopers reported finding or how many weapons may have been in the car.

Williams did not say whether troopers think Graham and Duncan were hunting at the time of the accident.

Wilderness Ranch is a popular area among hunters.

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