Man in crash had previous offenses


A Craig man arrested Saturday after a head-on collision with a family in a minivan has a history of driving while intoxicated, Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson said Monday.

At an advisement hearing in Routt County Court, Jenson said Wesley Carl Romans, 53, had three convictions for driving while intoxicated, a driver's license under restraint for alcohol-related offenses and a conviction for being a habitual traffic offender.

Romans told Judge James Garrecht that all of those convictions happened before 1994.

About one mile west of Hayden at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, the green 1992 Subaru station wagon driven by Romans fishtailed and skidded into the eastbound lane of traffic, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The car collided head-on with a 1992 Plymouth Grand Voyager minivan driven by Gregory John Barone, 38. In the minivan were Barone's wife, Tami Barone, and four children. Tami Barone was treated for a broken leg and the rest of the passengers, who were all wearing seat belts, suffered only minor injuries.

Romans and a woman in the car with him declined medical attention, police said.

"This was a very aggravated, egregious act," Jenson told Garrecht.

Romans faces charges of vehicular assault, driving with a license under restraint, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

Garrecht set bail at $35,000 for Romans, who is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.


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