Sunday, September 11, 2005
An 18-year-old man was arrested this weekend after the truck he was driving rolled over on Colorado Highway 131.
Juan Hernandez-Martinez, who has a Mexican driver's license, was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday night with bumps and scratches, some to his head, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jeff Vrbas said.
He was released and taken to Routt County Jail on Sunday morning on charges of careless driving, driving under the influence, underage consumption of alcohol, driving without a valid license and driving without insurance. He is being held on a $750 bond and also has a hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Hernandez-Martinez was driving south on Colo. 131 when he lost control of his 1988 Ford pickup and went off the right side of the road. He slid down an embankment and back onto the road, then rolled 2 1/2 times, Vrbas said.
The truck came to a rest upside down in an embankment. It appears that after the accident, Hernandez-Martinez crawled out of a window, Vrbas said.
The accident happened at mile marker 40 and was reported at 6:20 p.m.
Vrbas suspects that Her--nandez-Martinez was the only person in the vehicle. Hernandez-Martinez spoke only Spanish, and Vrbas said it was difficult to determine whether anyone else could have been in the car. The area around the car was searched for other passengers, Vrbas said.
Vrbas still is investigating the accident. He has not yet determined at what speed Hernandez-Martinez was driving or whether he was wearing a seatbelt.