Steamboat briefs: Car reported stolen Saturday found crashed |

Steamboat briefs: Car reported stolen Saturday found crashed

Pilot & Today Staff

— A red Jeep Cherokee was severely damaged in an apparent motor vehicle theft early Saturday.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue at 1:44 a.m. Saturday for a reported stolen vehicle. The person who reported the vehicle stolen had parked the Jeep outside Old Town Pub and left the car running while he went inside to help load musical equipment, police Sgt. Dale Coyner said.

When the man came back outside, the car was gone, Coyner said. As police were en route to Old Town Pub, a driver from Go Alpine called in to report a damaged, abandoned red Jeep Cherokee on the 13th Street Bridge, Coyner said.

"The vehicle was unattended. Whoever had taken the vehicle and crashed it was no longer at the scene," Coyner said.

It appeared that the driver hit a street lamp and glanced off the bridge's guardrail before leaving the Jeep on the sidewalk of the bridge, he said.

Officers processed the car for fingerprints and DNA evidence, and the Jeep was towed, Coyner said. Police had not located the driver as of 6 p.m. Saturday. Coyner said he was not able to provide a description of the driver. If apprehended, the driver would be charged on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trespass, theft, reckless driving, failure to notify police of an accident and criminal mischief, Coyner said.

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