Three arrested in car theft, crash Tuesday
August 10, 2011
Three Craig residents have been arrested in connection with a stolen vehicle and a subsequent crash Tuesday night, the Craig Police Department reported.
Officers arrested Jarod Bays, 25, Alicia Colvin, 31, and Joseph A. Galvan, 20, on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief and first-degree criminal trespass.
Bays is also suspected of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Official charges against the three suspects had not been filed by Thursday afternoon, according to court records.
The police department reported that officers were called at 7:17 p.m. Tuesday to the intersection of Barclay and 10th streets for a vehicle crash. "Almost simultaneously," officers were called to the report of a stolen Lexus from Taylor and Seventh streets, Sgt. John Forgay of the Craig Police Department said.
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Craig resident Joel Sheridan said he and his wife, Janet, realized their 2001 "greenish gray" Lexus LS 430 Ultra was taken from their driveway at 701 Taylor St., at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Sheridan said he had come home at about 4:30 p.m. and left the car in the driveway because another vehicle was in the garage bay. He said he left the keys under the seat, intending to move the vehicle into the garage later in the day. When Joel and Janet left their house at about 7:15 p.m., they discovered the car was gone.
"We were kind of baffled," he said. "You don't think your car is stolen."
Bays allegedly wrecked the car at about the same time.
Sheridan said he saw law enforcement vehicles on their way to the scene, about four blocks from Sheridan's house, as he hung up the phone with dispatchers about his stolen car.
Thom Schnellinger, who lives near the intersection of the crash, said he heard a vehicle accelerating toward the stop sign at the corner of Barclay and 10th streets. He said the Lexus, traveling north on Barclay, "blows thru the stop sign" at a speed Schnellinger estimated to be at 55 or 60 mph.
"It was crazy fast," Schnellinger said. "It's criminal. It's full-on criminal."
He said the vehicle bottomed out on a drainage dip in the road, which launched the car into the air, and hit two vehicles on the east side of the street.
"The impact was so hard that it moved the little truck all the way into the yard," Schnellinger said. "It was just sitting in the middle of the lawn."
The police department reported that the three suspects fled the scene. Officers located and arrested them, and the three were booked into Moffat County Jail.
The police department reported that the Lexus is totaled and the other two vehicles involved in the crash may be beyond repair. The department is estimating more than $25,000 in damage.
Sheridan said his vehicle has extensive front and rear damage.
"The whole rear end is smashed right up to the back window," he said.
Sheridan said he's "just really, really thankful that no one was hurt."
"It's kind of one of those things where … it kind of upsets your life," he said. "I can't feel too bad knowing it could have been much worse. You can think of 10 things worse than the car being stolen."
"We were very fortunate there were no children or vehicles coming down 10th Street," he said. "We would have had fatalities."