Briefs for June 21

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Careless driving accident case heads to trial

— A 28-year-old Craig man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of careless driving that resulted in the death of Steamboat Springs resident Amy Flint.

Kenneth Muhme, who is being represented by attorney Larry Combs, pleaded not guilty because his defense could not reach an agreement with the District Attorney's Office, Combs said.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht scheduled Muhme's two-day trial to begin Sept. 13.

Muhme was cited in February after he reportedly lost control of the tow truck he was driving on Colorado Highway 131. The tow truck was hauling Flint's truck from an earlier accident. Flint was riding in the passenger seat of Muhme's truck when the truck rolled down an embankment onto its roof. She died at the scene. Road conditions were poor at the time of the accident.

Man arrested on distribution charges

A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of offering to sell cocaine to another man in a business bathroom.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said Miguel Hernandez-Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of attempted distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, obstructing justice and resisting arrest after he reportedly offered to sell a man cocaine in the bathroom of a business in west Steamboat.

The man who was offered the drug said he saw Hernandez-Rodriguez "do a line" of cocaine before calling police, Rae said.

Hernandez-Rodriguez reportedly ran from police when they attempted to contact him at home Tuesday night, Rae said.

Three Steamboat Springs police officers eventually caught Hernandez-Rodriguez after a short foot pursuit, and they recovered about 0.3 grams of cocaine, Rae said.

Hernandez-Rodriguez appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday, when a judge set his bond at $20,000. Hernandez-Rodriguez is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. June 27.

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