DUI suspect injured in accident
Man convicted on previous drunk driving charge
Steamboat Springs — A Yampa man with a history of drunken driving had to be taken to a hospital after he was allegedly involved in an accident that involved alcohol.
James Francis Bolton, 47, was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center Tuesday evening after he allegedly lost control of the vehicle he was driving on County Road 14.
Bolton, who suffered compression fractures to his back and severe cuts to his ear and head, was allegedly intoxicated when the car rolled over at about milepost three.
According to court records, a breath test taken by Bolton showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.187, more than twice the legal limit.
Bolton was arrested at his Yampa home at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was arrested by four Routt County Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies went to Bolton’s home on Lincoln Street after they were notified of the accident and received a report the driver of the vehicle had been picked up by a passing motorist, court records show.
At the accident scene, the car’s driver’s side roof had been crushed and the window had been shattered. Deputies also found blood inside the car, records show.
Bolton was allegedly found in the residence lying on a bed. He had blood on his hands and was bleeding severely from his ear, records show.
An ambulance transported Bolton to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.
Bolton was kept overnight in the hospital for precautionary measures.
Bolton faces a felony charge of being in an accident that caused serious bodily injury and numerous misdemeanors that include driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving with a suspended and revoked license.
This is not the first time Bolton has been arrested for suspicion of drunken driving.
Court records show Bolton was convicted of driving under the influence in July 1996.
Currently, Bolton is being held in the Routt County Jail on $10,000 bail. His next court appearance is set for Tuesday.
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