Man suspected of driving over girlfriend in Steamboat |

Man suspected of driving over girlfriend in Steamboat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Brighton man faces a felony assault charge after his girlfriend told police he shoved her out of a car and then twice ran over her legs.

The man was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of felony second-degree assault, third-degree assault, theft, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and obstruction of telephone service.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., Steamboat Springs police came across a woman lying on the shoulder of the road at 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

A male bystander told police the woman had been pushed out of a car. The woman was only wearing boots, and witnesses used jackets to cover her.

A witness told police the driver of the car did a U-turn, pulled up to the woman and said, “You (expletive), you deserve this,” according to an arrest affidavit. The man then reportedly drove away.

Police spoke with the woman at the emergency room. She told them she was staying in a vacation rental with the man when they got into an argument.

The woman told police she believed the man was going to abandon her in Steamboat, and she wanted to get her cell phone out of his car.
She told police she could not get her phone because he kept locking the doors.

The woman told police the man was about to leave in the car. She again tried to get her phone wearing only boots and a jacket, according to the affidavit, and the man drove away with her in the car.

The woman told police she was pushed out of the car, and the man ran over her legs with his Toyota 4Runner, the affidavit states. The woman told police he did a U-turn, ran over her legs again and then drove off.

The woman told police she was also assaulted in the vacation rental and in the car, the affidavit states.

The man was advised of his rights during court Monday. He was being represented by Steamboat attorney Larry Combs.

Combs told the judge that the defendant is a medical marijuana business owner, and the woman is currently on probation for a case out of Adams County.

Combs said his client was the protected party in a restraining order in a case related to the woman, who has left the Steamboat area.

The man was released on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

“There is a lot of information that still needs to be collected,” Combs said after the hearing.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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