Robbins surrenders to Sheriff’s Office
July 12, 2005
A driver involved in a fatal car accident turned himself into the Routt County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday after finding out a new warrant had been issued for his arrest.
The new warrant came from a report that Dan Robbins, 31, of Clark, had been seen driving a motorcycle in Steamboat Springs after his driving privileges had been revoked in connection with the charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide and reckless driving that he faces in connection with a June 10 accident.
The accident, which happened on Colorado Highway 9 south of Kremmling, claimed the life of Robbins’ passenger, 22-year-old Jeffery Dan Harris of Clark.
Robbins has been in Grand County Court twice since the accident occurred and appeared in Routt County Court on Tuesday with his Steamboat attorney, Charles Feldmann, to ask for a bond reduction for the arrest warrant Robbins is facing.
Feldmann said that on July 6, a friend of the Harris family reportedly saw Robbins driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle in Steamboat city limits. Robbins’ driving privileges were revoked as a condition of his bail bond, and it would be illegal for him to be operating a motor vehicle.
Feldmann disputed the claim, saying that, since the accident, Robbins has “gotten rid of all of his vehicles” and that it would be “impossible” for him to have been seen driving.
After the person reportedly saw Robbins driving, he contacted the police, and a warrant was issued for Robbins’ arrest.
Feldmann found out about the warrant Tuesday morning from Grand County District Attorney Dan Edwards, who is prosecuting Robbins in the homicide case. After finding out about the warrant, Robbins surrendered himself at the Routt County Jail.
Feldmann said Robbins couldn’t have been seen in Steamboat because he was in Denver with his family the entire week. He hopes to present Edwards with witnesses who can attest to Robbins’ wherabouts so no additional charges would be filed.
If Edwards filed charges, Robbins would face two cases in two counties.
Feldmann asked Routt County Judge James Garrecht for a personal recognizance bond in the matter. This type of bond would require a written statement from Robbins promising to appear in court when required instead of having to get booked into jail and post a monetary bond.
“My client has attended every court date he has had in Grand County, and he would do the same here,” Feldmann said.
Garrecht told Feldmann that Robbins is not eligible for a PR bond and would have to set a monetary bond. Feldmann then asked Garrecht to set a minimal bond for Robbins.
Deputy District Attorney Marc Guerette asked that Garrecht set the bond for $1,000.
After bail was set, Robbins was transported to the Sheriff’s Office, where he was charged with violating bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony, and he made the $1,000 bond to be released.
Robbins is scheduled to appear at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in Routt County Court for the new case and Aug. 19 in Grand County Court for the homicide case.