Eagle man arrested after I-70 crashes | VailDaily.com

Eagle man arrested after I-70 crashes

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – An Eagle man crashed into two tractor trailers Tuesday as he drove east on Interstate 70, moments after callers had reported the man drunk to local police, authorities said.

It all began around 3:05 p.m. when a concerned citizen called the Avon Police and reported that the driver of a 2010 silver Toyota at the Wal-Mart in Avon was intoxicated, police said.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Shawn Olmstead said the man fled the scene before Avon Police reached him. He headed east on Interstate 70 and got off at the Vail exit.

He then reportedly backed into a vehicle at the Lionshead parking structure and fled the scene there, too.

The man got back on Interstate 70, heading east, and attempted to drive between two tractor trailers, striking one of the trucks in the rear, Olmstead said.

Many calls began coming in to report a drunk and aggressive driver around that time.

When the Toyota slammed into another tractor trailer, the car finally became disabled. Vail Police were the first to arrive at the scene, at mile marker 183 about three miles outside of Vail, and arrested the driver.

The man, Edwin Del Castillo, of Eagle, is in his early 20s and suffered only minor injuries in the accident. Nobody else was injured, Olmstead said.

He was taken to the Vail Valley Medical Center for observations because he was believed to be heavily intoxicated, Olmstead said.

The Colorado State Patrol, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s Office all responded to this case.

Olmstead said the incident should serve as a reminder about the dangers of drunk driving.

Local agencies are increasing drunk driving enforcement, as part of the Gore Range DUI Task Force, for the holiday weekend. The Task Force encourages people to designate a sober driver before drinking.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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