Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run suspect arraigned in Moffat County Court

Lay remains in custody at Moffat County Jail

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Andrea Lay

A Craig woman suspected of being involved in a Thanksgiving Day hit-and-run crash at Kum & Go in Hayden was arraigned Tuesday in Moffat County Court.

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.

In addition to being formerly notified of the charges against her, Lay also was ordered by Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner to abstain from alcohol or substance use, according to court records.

Lay is subject to random breath testing eight times per month through at least the duration of her court proceedings, according to the court order.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day witnesses reported a green Dodge sedan allegedly driven by Lay collided with a parked black Jeep in the Hayden Kum & Go parking lot, according to a Colorado State Patrol report.

She appeared intoxicated and was traveling with two minors ages three and 10, the report states.

Lay allegedly fled the scene, traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 40 towards Craig.

CSP troopers intercepted Lay near mile marker 98. She was speeding, driving erratically, and passing cars and semi-trucks in no passing zones, according to the CSP report.

In an effort to prevent a high-speed collision CSP troopers backed off and followed Lay into Craig from a distance.

Upon arriving in town Lay proceeded west down Victory Way and took a right on Yampa Ave., the CSP report states.

She then ran a red light at 9th Street and Yampa Ave. before crashing her car in the 1400 block of Barclay, according to the CSP report.

Lay remains in custody at the Moffat County Public Safety Center on $5,000 bond.

She is scheduled to appear in Moffat County Court at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 for a review hearing.

She does not yet have an attorney, according to court records.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or jmoylan@craigdailypress.com.

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