Denver man gets two years in state prison after speeding through Vail in a stolen car
EAGLE — If you’re driving a stolen car at almost 30 mph faster than the posted speed limit, and you’re pulled over, then it would be in your best interest if you were not suspected of being under the influence of marijuana.
It would also be helpful if the car in which you were speeding were not stolen.
A Colorado State Patrol trooper was monitoring Interstate 70 traffic through Vail at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, when he spotted Darius Hurd driving a black sedan westbound through Vail at 92 mph, where the speed limit is 65 mph.
The trooper flipped on his light bar and hit the gas in pursuit of Hurd, who started to pull over but then slid into the left lane and continued west. Hurd finally pulled over and let the sedan idle on Fall Line Drive in Vail.
All Kinds of Fumbling
Hurd appeared “disoriented,” the trooper said, which could help explain that while the license plate said the car was from Wisconsin, Hurd told the trooper he was driving from Denver to Wyoming.
After fumbling with all kinds of paperwork in the car, Hurd eventually managed to produce the registration and proof of insurance, both of which said the car belonged to Brian Fretchel.
Hurd told the trooper his name was Nick Fretchel, according to police records.
The trooper pointed out that the car was registered to Brian Fretchel and asked how Hurd could mess up his own name.
Hurd told the trooper that he left his license at home, although it was still unclear whether home was Denver, Wyoming or Wisconsin.
What was clear was Hurd’s inability to successfully complete the roadside impairment maneuvers.
“He did not perform the maneuvers as a sober person would,” Hurd’s arrest affidavit said.
Also, the odor of marijuana wafted from Hurd when he exited the vehicle to take the roadside tests, the trooper said.
Hurd also told the trooper that he had spotted the car running outside his house in Denver and decided to drive it to a shelter in Wyoming.
The trooper decided enough was enough and took Hurd to the Eagle County jail, where sheriff’s deputies found marijuana in the front cargo pocket of his pants.
So, along with motor vehicle theft and speeding, Hurd was also charged with introducing contraband into the jail.
Because he was already on probation for a felony in Denver, his Vail Valley crimes were considered aggravated, which is why on Monday, Aug. 6, District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman sentenced him to two years in state prison.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.