Man arrested, two remain hospitalized after rollover crash
Two people remain hospitalized and a man was arrested after a rollover accident that authorities said happened after the driver may have been avoiding a DUI checkpoint.
The driver, Michael Paul Myers, 26, 2915 Orchard Ave., No. C26, was arrested on a warrant for contempt of court. He was released from the Mesa County Jail around noon Sunday after posting a $250 personal-recognizance bond.
In a news release issued Sunday morning, the Colorado State Patrol said six people, including three children ages 1 to 3, were traveling in a 2000 Dodge Durango on Saturday afternoon when Myers lost control and the vehicle went off the right side of U.S. Highway 6 about a mile west of Loma.
Myers corrected the vehicle back onto the road, but it spun, went off the left side of the road and rolled three-quarters of a time.
All six people inside the Durango — Michael Myers, Daniel Myers, Vatzyana Archuleta, Angelica Lobato, Lance Thorton and Alexandria Trujillo — were taken to the hospital. Michael and Daniel Myers, Lobato and Thorton were released with minor or no injuries, troopers said.
Lobato and Trujillo, who were not wearing seat belts, sustained serious injuries but were expected to recover. Their conditions weren’t available Sunday.
The State Patrol did not release the ages of the people involved — other than Michael Myers — or explain their relationships to each other.
State Patrol Sgt. Jeff Lytle said Saturday two families from Grand Junction were headed to Highline Lake when the crash occurred. He said Mesa County sheriff’s deputies were setting up a DUI checkpoint on Colorado Highway 139 at the time and noted the most direct route to the lake from Grand Junction is via Highway 139.
The news release issued Sunday made no reference to possible driver intoxication, however, and Myers wasn’t booked on any DUI-related charges.
Officials with the State Patrol didn’t return a call seeking comment Sunday afternoon.
The accident remains under investigation.