Craig woman charged with felony after Thanksgiving hit-and-run



Andrea Lay

— A Craig woman suspected of being involved in a Thanksgiving hit-and-run at Kum & Go in Hayden was arraigned Tuesday in Moffat County Court.

Andrea Lay, 31, of Craig, is charged with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony, as well as child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.

The charges stem from an incident at about 1:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, when witnesses reported a green Dodge sedan driven by Lay collided with a parked black Jeep in the Hayden Kum & Go parking lot, according to a Colorado State Patrol report. Witnesses also reported the driver appeared intoxicated and was traveling with two children, ages 3 and 10, the report states.

The driver reportedly fled the scene on U.S. Highway 40 toward Craig before troopers intercepted the car near mile marker 98. The report indicates the driver was speeding, driving erratically and passing cars and semitrailers in no-passing zones. In an effort to prevent a high-speed collision, troopers followed the driver into Craig from a distance.

After arriving in Craig, Lay drove west on Victory Way, took a right on Yampa Avenue and ran a red light at Ninth Street and Yampa Avenue before crashing in the 1400 block of Barclay Street, according to the report.

Lay was ordered by Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner to abstain from alcohol or substance use and is subject to random breath testing eight times per month throughout the duration of her court proceedings, according to court records.

Lay remains in custody at the Moffat County Public Safety Center on $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in Moffat County Court at 3 p.m. Dec. 4 for a review hearing. She does not have an attorney, according to court records.


bill schurman 4 years, 4 months ago

Nothing like a nip or two on Thanksgiving and then a chase with the CSP to Craig America. Bet the kids were having a great time.


rhys jones 4 years, 4 months ago

I needed a Mom like that: I'd be straight as an arrow NOW!!


Bob Smith 4 years, 4 months ago

"...vehicular eluding, child abuse, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, driving under suspension and reckless driving..." Kris, I think this lady needs your help...


rhys jones 4 years, 4 months ago

This lady will need more than Kris's help. I've been through the classes, seen the denial, the resentment -- and even a 30-day inpatient program has meager odds of success.

Cait's right -- this is a case where alcohol impacts innocent victims. To use this occasion to preach would be superfluous, now it's time for prayers.


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