Vehicular assault charge stems from wreck |

Vehicular assault charge stems from wreck

— A suspected drunken driver faces a felony vehicular assault charge stemming from a one-car accident Saturday night just west of Hayden in which a passenger suffered a serious head injury.

Brandin Duane Brown, 25, of Craig faces a felony vehicle assault charge, along with driving under the influence, reckless driving and no proof of insurance for the accident that occurred at about 9 p.m. on U.S. 40 at milepost 101.

The accident happened about seven miles west of Hayden.

Robert Muncy, who was in the front passenger seat, had to be extricated from the 1998 Plymouth Neon Brown was driving, said Colorado State Trooper Brad Keadle, who investigated the accident.

Muncy, 36, of Helper, Utah, was taken to a hospital in Craig and then to St. Mary’s in Grand Junction.

Muncy is being treated at the hospital for a concussion. As of Monday night, Muncy was in stable condition, said Kim Weis, a hospital spokeswoman.

Along with the suspected alcohol, Brown was also allegedly driving too fast, Keadle said.

Keadle estimates Brown was traveling west at 70 mph when the car went off the right side of the road, he said.

The car collided with a power pole and a railroad crossing guard before it rolled almost two times. The car came to a rest on its passenger side about 35 feet off the roadway, he said.

Brown was booked into the Routt County Jail early Sunday morning. He later posted $2,000 bail.

Brown was wearing a seat belt, but Muncy was not strapped into the seat, Keadle said.

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