Craig driver in Saturday rollover cited for driving under influence, reckless driving, child abuse
A man who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol is contesting that he was not the one operating the vehicle when it rolled near Elkhead Reservoir on Saturday.
The accident occurred on Moffat County Road 28, two miles east of MCR 29, shortly before 9:40 p.m. There were no fatalities but three juveniles were involved in the crash.
Jarred Carney, 30, of Craig, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, careless driving and three counts of child abuse, according to his arrest affidavit.
On a left-hand curve, Carney’s 1997 Chevy Suburban skidded off the right side of the road way and flipped onto its roof as it skidded down an embankment before coming to a stop, Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Brian Bagley said.
State troopers first interviewed Carney at The Memorial Hospital. Gary Bartholomew, whom police later found was Carney’s brother, transported Carney and his passengers to the hospital from the crash site.
Two of the juveniles received minor injuries consisting of bruising, cuts and a bloody nose while the third was flown to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver with multiple thoracic spine compression factors, the affidavit states.
According to the warrantless arrest affidavit, at least one of the minors was wearing a safety belt.
When initially interviewed by police, all three children and Carney told officers that an individual named “Josh” was driving at the time of the accident.
Carney told state patrol that he had been at the reservoir “drinking all day,” and he met a man named Josh.
According to the arrest affidavit from state patrol, Carney said he had just met Josh, but because Josh was sober Carney let him drive his car.
“Carney again stated that since he had been drinking his only concern was for his children so he let Josh drive,” the affidavit states.
The three juvenile passengers supported the narrative initially but eventually changed their accounts.
According to the affidavit, a 12-year-old female passenger “at first stated that Josh had been driving the vehicle” then “later stated that Carney had been the driver and that she had been told to lie so that Carney would not get in trouble.”
As expressed in the affidavit, other individuals involved in the crash were encouraged to give false statements to obscure who was operating the vehicle and protect Carney for allegedly driving under the influence.
“(Bartholomew) provided a written statement in which he stated that Carney had advised him to lie to the police about who was driving the vehicle when it had crashed. (Bartholomew) stated that Josh had not been driving the vehicle,” the State Patrol affidavit states.
Approximately three hours after the crash, Carney’s breath alcohol content was recorded at .051 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath. A preliminary breath test administered closer to the time of the crash gave a breath alcohol content of .081.
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