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Suspect turns himself in to Sheriff’s Office

Ryan Atkinson, 25, is being held on suspicion of supplying alcohol to minors

Zach Fridell

— Ryan Atkinson, the 25-year-old man sought by Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies in connection with a suspected underage drinking party, turned himself in to authorities at 9:15 a.m. Thursday.

Deputies issued a warrant for Atkinson on Wednesday night when he did not turn himself in as scheduled.

Atkinson is held on suspicion of three counts of contributing the delinquency of a minor and three counts of witness intimidation. Both are Class 4 felonies.

Atkinson is suspected of supplying alcohol Jan. 10 to a group of seven people younger than 21, including four who were younger than 18.

At the party, on Routt County Road 14B, a 17-year-old girl reportedly fell from a balcony to snow-covered concrete below. The girl reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.286, more than three times the legal limit to drive. The party reportedly was held in a loft apartment above the garage.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner said the girl was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and then flown by air ambulance to a Denver-area hospital, where she remains in a coma in serious condition.

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Sheriff's Office investigator Ken Klinger said Atkinson was the first person to dial 911 but handed the phone to an intoxicated juvenile who had difficulty explaining the location of the party.

The charges regarding witness intimidation stem from reported conversations and text messages between Atkinson and people who were at the party; authorities said he asked others to lie to investigators.

Atkinson remained in custody Thursday afternoon in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Initial reports from the Sheriff's Office listed Atkinson as 26 years old. He is 25.