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Cottonwood Pass rollover leads to two men’s arrests

EAGLE COUNTY — Two Glenwood Springs men are being held in the Eagle County Detention Facility after they were arrested on suspicion of car thefts, burglary and other felonies.

Robert Lee Larsen, 33, is being held on 17 charges including felony motor vehicle theft, felony burglary, felony arson, felony theft, felony trespass, felony possession of a firearm by a previous offender, felony habitual traffic offender and other traffic offenses and misdemeanors.

Tony Burk Zackary Kelly, also 33, is being held on eight counts including felony motor vehicle theft, felony burglary, felony possession of a weapon by a previous offender, felony arson and violation of a protection order concerning no use of alcohol.

On Tuesday at about 4:30 p.m., Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies and troopers with the Colorado State Patrol responded to the Cottonwood Pass area south of Gypsum on a report that a vehicle had been involved in a rollover accident.

When they arrived on scene, they found that the driver was ejected from the Jeep and seriously injured. Police said he was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Gypsum Fire Protection District and Eagle County Paramedic Services responded and transported the driver to the Vail Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Further investigation found that a second person had fled the scene of the accident, police said. Following a search, the Eagle County Sheriff Office K-9 located a second individual who, according to police, was also intoxicated.

Police said the wrecked Jeep was recently stolen from a residence on Cottonwood Pass Road.

A second vehicle was found nearby the accident scene hidden in tall sagebrush. Further investigation found that the second vehicle, an Audi, had also been stolen earlier that day from Glenwood Springs, according to police. The two suspects attempted to destroy the Audi by burning it, but their efforts were unsuccessful, the Sheriff’s Office said.

While searching the Jeep, deputies located several firearms and a small motorcycle that had also been stolen, police said. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to locate the owner of the stolen items, who lived in the Cottonwood Pass area. The suspects had burglarized the residence around the time of the Jeep was stolen, according to police.

The driver of the stolen Jeep was identified as Larsen. The other suspect was identified as Kelly.

No bond has been set for Larsen at this time. Kelly is held on a $25,000 bond.


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The VailDaily Updated Jul 10, 2013 09:17PM Published Aug 2, 2013 04:29PM Copyright 2013 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.