What started Thursday with a hit-and-run accident in Hayden ended in Craig with the arrest of a local woman.
Andrea Lay, 31, of Craig, is charged in Moffat County Court with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony, and child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
She is currently in custody on $5,000 bond at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.
According to a 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release, Lay was allegedly involved in a hit and run accident at the Kum & Go in Hayden.
A 17-mile high-speed car chase followed, the release stated, and ended in Craig with Lay’s arrest.
14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey said cases that cross jurisdictional boundaries can be prosecuted in either the county where the alleged crime began or ended.
Lay was booked and charged in Moffat County, rather than Routt County, because it would have been unnecessary to transport Lay to Steamboat Springs, Barkey said.
Both Moffat and Routt counties fall under the jurisdiction of the 14th Judicial District.
Lay is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Moffat County Court, according to the release.
The Colorado State Patrol, Craig Police Department and Hayden Police Department participated in the investigation, the release states.
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org.