Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Steamboat Springs Harry Naused, whose wife was 37 weeks pregnant when she was involved in a Nov. 14 traffic accident near Oak Creek, said Tuesday that his newborn son is in good health.
"Alex probably gets out of the hospital today," Naused said Tuesday.
Heathre Naused is being treated at Denver Health Medical Center for injuries she suffered in the crash. Harry Naused said it is hard to say when his wife might be released, but he guessed it would be "two weeks to another month."
Heathre, 32, was traveling north on Colorado Highway 131 on the afternoon of Nov. 14 when she lost control of her 1994 Ford Explorer after hitting a patch of ice, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Her car went off the east side of the road and up an embankment before rolling back down and coming to rest on the driver's side. She gave birth while in hospital care after the accident.
Harry Naused said his wife is expected to make a full recovery - eventually.
"She's doing better every day," he said. "But we have a long road ahead. She's just got quite a few injuries."
There also may be a long legal road ahead for the Nauseds. Harry Naused is facing four misdemeanor traffic charges resulting from a pursuit he led police on after discovering his wife's accident.
According to police reports, Harry Naused saw his wife's crashed car, flipped a U-turn in front of traffic and stopped in the middle of Colo. 131. He didn't respond to officers' requests to identify himself and move his vehicle before getting back into his car and heading north toward Steamboat Springs, police said.
With police in pursuit, Naused reportedly was driving 75 mph in a posted 45 mph zone through the Oak Creek canyon before he eventually was trapped and stopped by officers with the Oak Creek Police Department, Routt County Sheriff's Office and State Patrol. Officers used a maneuver known as a rolling roadblock.
Harry Naused was arrested and taken to Routt County Jail. After learning his identity and what happened to his wife, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said he agreed to release Naused from jail and escort him to the hospital.
Harry Naused would not comment on the alleged incident except to take exception to Kaspar's claim that police didn't know who he was until after the arrest.
"All I can really tell you at this point is that they knew exactly who I was from the beginning," Harry Naused said.
Officials with the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that they expect to move forward with all four charges against Harry Naused. Those charges are: illegal U-turn, disregarding a lawful order of a police officer directing traffic, attempting to elude police officers and careless driving.