Man arrested after leaving accident scene |

Man arrested after leaving accident scene

A 26-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his pickup.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brett Hilling said Benjamin Bartley Yates was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup south of Phippsburg on Colo. 131 when he apparently veered off the side of the road, hitting a guardrail.

Yates’ passenger, 29-year-old Richard K. Brown III of Oak Creek, hit his head on the windshield when the pickup struck the guardrail, Hilling said. Brown was not taken to the hospital and did not seek medical attention for his injuries, Hilling said. Yates was not injured in the accident.

The accident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. when the men were driving to Yampa. They left the scene of the accident and did not call police to report it, Hilling said.

A passing motorist reported the accident, and Hilling eventually found the men at their home in Oak Creek with the assistance of the Oak Creek Police Department.

Yates was arrested on suspicion of failing to remain at the scene of an injury accident, failing to report an accident involving a highway fixture, failing to notify police of an accident and careless driving, Hilling said.

Brown was not cited.

Hilling said the men probably were driving the speed limit. They told Hilling they were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Alcohol is suspected as a contributing factor to the accident, Hilling said.

Yates’ bond was set at $750, which he posted Thursday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 5.

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