Steamboat Springs A 49-year-old Steamboat Springs man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center late Sunday night with facial injuries after police said he crashed his Chevy Suburban in the 1100 block of Yampa Street while reportedly driving under the influence of alcohol and then fled the scene.
Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. Scott Middleton said Russell Wade Riley was found unconscious with a head injury at 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue around 9 p.m. Sunday.
Middleton said late Sunday night that Riley still was being evaluated at the hospital and is expected to be taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident after he is cleared by medical staff.
Middleton said police still were investigating whether Russell’s injuries were caused by the accident or if they occurred after he left the vehicle.
“We’re not sure yet if the injuries were from the collision or if he fell afterwards,” Middleton said. “He was too inebriated to provide any information on that.”
Middleton said the amount of damage seen at the accident scene was not consistent with Riley’s injuries and indicated he crashed with a low impact. No one else was injured in the crash.