Eagle: Man in pajamas a suspect in hit-and-run
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado – Eagle police officers were recently called to the scene of a reported hit-and-run accident along Fifth Street and Washington at around 11 p.m.
Based on a witness report, the officers tracked the suspect vehicle to a residence along Brooks Lane. While they arrived at the residence, only five minutes after responding to the call, officers found the house was dark and no one seemed to be awake inside. When they knocked on the door, a young man clad in pajamas answered.
The young man told police that the car belonged to his stepfather. Officers then asked to speak to the other man. The stepfather came to the door, also wearing pajamas. The police report noted that he appeared to have been recently awoken.
The man said he had not been driving the car and had been asleep for several hours. At that point, his stepson admitted he had been driving earlier, specifically in the area of Eagle Town Park when the reported accident happened.
According to the police report, the young man offered a complicated explanation of events saying he backed up and almost hit another car, but did not make contact.
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Officers asked to search the vehicle and when they opened the door, they reported a strong odor of marijuana emanated from the car. They also found a bottle of eye drops and an empty soda can that had been fashioned to serve as a pipe. The young man denied smoking marijuana in the vehicle. He admitted that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
He was cited for driving while his license was under restraint and for possession of drug paraphernalia.