Police make arrest in hit-and-run accident


— Police on Tuesday arrested the driver and owner of the Porsche convertible that struck and seriously injured a Hayden man in June.

Thomas Coleman, 44, of Steamboat Springs is charged with vehicular assault, driving while under the influence of alcohol, failure to notify police and leaving the scene of an injurious accident.

Coleman allegedly sped away and later abandoned his vehicle after police say he hit 44-year-old Jerry Bryant at about 1 a.m. June 25 at the intersection of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Bryant suffered several broken bones and a fractured skull after he was apparently thrown onto the sports car's hood and hit the windshield, shattering it, before landing on the street, where he remained until help arrived.

Coleman drove another block before turning onto Eighth Street. Police said an officer arrived within minutes of the incident and found the Porsche parked in front of Antares restaurant, 57 1/2 Eighth St. Coleman was nowhere to be found.

Detective Dave Kleiber made the arrest at Coleman's workplace.

Coleman would not make a statement for the police, and police could not release any details regarding the investigation, said Sergeant Joel Rae of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

"He (Coleman) invoked his right to remain silent," he said.

The affidavit is sealed by the court.

Rae said the monthlong investigation was necessary to ensure a comprehensive inquiry into the incident, Rae said.

"It's pretty typical," he said. "It takes time to do a good, thorough investigation."

Coleman posted bond, which was set at $10,000, Tuesday afternoon.

He faces two to six years in jail for vehicular assault, which is a class four felony. The other three charges are misdemeanor traffic offenses.

Colorado law requires motorists to remain at the scene of an accident and render assistance as necessary.

Coleman could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.


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