Robbins allowed to drive after accident

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The driver involved in a June 10 accident that claimed the life of 22-year-old Clark resident Jeffery Harris is allowed to drive again after a Monday ruling by a Grand County Court judge.

As a part of his bond condition, Daniel Robbins, 31, of Clark, has not been allowed to operate a motor vehicle since the accident south of Kremmling that killed Harris, Robbins' passenger.

Robbins is facing manslaughter, vehicular homicide and reckless driving charges in Grand County as well as charges in Routt County that he violated bond conditions July 6 by allegedly driving a motorcycle in Steamboat Springs.

At Robbins' Aug. 19 court appearance in Grand County, his Steamboat attorney, Charles Feldmann, asked District Judge Paul McLimans to consider modifying Robbins' bond conditions to allow him to drive.

McLimans decided to postpone the hearing to Monday because he did not think Harris' family had been notified about the request.

On Monday, McLimans granted the request allowing Robbins to drive again. Feldmann said other bond conditions will remain in effect, including that Robbins not be allowed to own a motor vehicle. Robbins also has certain restrictions on his driver's license because of the accident.

Feldmann said his request to allow Robbins to drive again was a "creative proposal." He said Robbins has "no desire to drive." Feldmann said he asked for the change so that any reports by people saying they had seen Robbins driving would not result in charges being brought against his client for bond condition violations.

A mutual acquaintance of the Harris family and Robbins said he saw Robbins driving a motorcycle last month. The person reported that he recognized Robbins' tattoos and facial hair.

The Routt County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Robbins after the allegations were made.

A one-day trial has been set for that case.

The modified bond conditions will prevent similar claims and court proceedings in the future, Feldmann said.

Feldmann said he is working with the Routt County District Attorney's Office to get the charges dismissed. Feldmann said Robbins was in Denver that weekend. Several people are willing to testify that he was not in the area on the day of the alleged sighting, Feldmann said.

Dan Harris, the father of Jeffery Harris, previously has said that he does not think Robbins should be allowed to drive.

"It's an insult to us that he would be allowed to drive again," Dan Harris has said.

Robbins is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27 for the one-day trial on the bond-violation charges. He will appear in Grand County Court in October for a pretrial on the reckless driving, manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges.

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