News in brief for Dec. 5


Teen arrested on suspicion of DUI, careless driving

Police say five Colorado Mountain College students are lucky to be alive after the Hummer they were riding in nearly rolled down an embankment Saturday morning on U.S. Highway 40.

Steamboat Springs police Officer Kurtis Luster said 19-year-old Alexis Loewen of Steamboat Springs was driving the Hummer at about 1:20 a.m. on U.S. 40 east of the Mount Werner Road overpass when she lost control of the vehicle. The Hummer hit a snow bank and rolled over, eventually settling on its roof.

Luster said Loewen was driving the vehicle for one of her friends who was too drunk to drive. No one was injured in the accident, though the owner of the vehicle was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for precautionary reasons.

Loewen was arrested on suspicion of DUI, DUI per se and careless driving, Luster said.

Luster said he thinks four of the five passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Luster did not release the names of the other passengers, but he said the girl who owned the vehicle was given a minor-in-possession ticket when officers caught up with her at the hospital.

Luster said he did not know the ages of the other passengers and that most of them left the scene of the accident before additional citations were issued.

Luster said Loewen probably was driving too fast given the road and weather conditions. He also said the students are "very lucky" to be alive because the Hummer could have continued rolling down the embankment instead of resting on U.S. 40.

"I think the airbags that deployed in that car probably saved their lives," he said.

Loewen posted the $120 bond Saturday and was released.

Suicide support group to meet once a month

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, or REPS, is offering a new monthly support group for those who have lost a loved one to or who have been touched by suicide. "Heartbeat of Routt County" will be held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Visiting Nurse Association office, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Hosts include Ronna Autrey and Laurie Marano, both of whom are local community members who have lost loved ones to suicide. For more information, call Ronna at 871-0682.


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