Suspect in crash that hurt child is arrested

A Grand Junction man who allegedly had been drinking alcohol and rolled his vehicle, injuring a 2-year-old passenger in June, was arrested Thursday on a warrant.

Michael Paul Myers, 27, 2915 Orchard Ave., No. C28, was booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of two counts of vehicular assault and child abuse, all felonies. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and two traffic infractions of reckless driving.

According to an arrest affidavit, Myers was driving his vehicle June 13 on U.S. Highway 6 near 14 Road when the vehicle flipped just before 3 p.m. Two passengers in the vehicle were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. A 2-year-old sustained an ankle fracture that a doctor said met the definition for serious bodily injury. A female passenger sustained a lumbar transverse process fracture, but it was not considered a serious bodily injury.

Myers was driving 40 to 45 mph en route to Highline Lake State Park when a cigarette was being passed between two people, but it flew into the back seat, the affidavit said. Myers “looked back to check on the kids. When he looked forward the car was already in the air,” the affidavit said.

Myers told police he drank four to five beers the previous night and went to bed between 12:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and woke up between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. He told police he drank one beer at 10 a.m. but hadn’t had any more to drink after that or after the crash, the affidavit said.

The first blood draw for Myers was conducted at 4:22 p.m., and test results later showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.125 percent.

Driving a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher is illegal in Colorado.

Colorado State Patrol troopers who responded to the scene noticed a few alcoholic beverage containers inside the vehicle, the affidavit said.


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