Steamboat Springs A 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after police said he ran into a bicyclist on Routt County Road 33 and hit two parked cars in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Brody Richard Jones reportedly was driving a pickup erratically on Twentymile Road near the Bridgestone Winter Driving School shortly before 4 p.m., Routt County Sheriff's Office records and evidence technician Melissa Baumgartner said. Jones allegedly was tailgating another vehicle heading toward Steamboat Springs when he swerved, striking a female cyclist and pushing her off the road.
The 33-year-old woman had some scratches on her arm and a bump on her head but refused medical treatment, Baumgartner said.
A Steamboat Springs police officer spotted the pickup shortly thereafter heading east on Lincoln Avenue at 13th Street, Sgt. Dale Coyner said. While the officer was making a U-turn to stop the vehicle, the pickup struck the side-view mirrors of two parked cars along the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue before pulling over.
Jones was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, hit-and-run causing injury, careless driving causing injury and driving without a license. He was released from Routt County Jail on Wednesday morning on $750 bond.
The alleged hit-and-run was Jones' second encounter with public safety officials Tuesday. Sheriff's Office deputies and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue responded to his house earlier that morning for a report of a mattress ignited by a cigarette.
Fire crews responded to the smoke-filled home in the 36200 block of C.R. 170 shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters found a mattress smoldering in one of the bedrooms but no visible flames, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Struble said.
Jones was transported to the hospital to be treated for minor burns, Baumgartner said.