‘Dow’ Rippy DUI case to move forward after nearly a year | PostIndependent.com

‘Dow’ Rippy DUI case to move forward after nearly a year

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A criminal case accusing Harley “Dow” Rippy of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol appears to be moving forward after 11 months.An attorney appearing for Daniel Recht on behalf of Rippy requested a preliminary hearing. It’s been scheduled for Sept. 20. A preliminary hearing may be granted for the benefit of defendants in certain cases to determine whether or not there is probable cause that a crime may have been committed.Rippy’s case had been continued at least six times since the Aug. 20, 2006 arrest, stretching nearly a year without passing the arraignment stage. Recht said when asking for the continuances that the case was still under investigation and that he was awaiting evidence and the receipt of a toxicology report.Authorities said Rippy drove his 2006 Jeep Wrangler off County Road 344 about 14 miles south of Silt around 1 a.m. on Aug. 20. The Jeep went off the left side of the road, continued down an embankment and rolled onto its side. Timothy Curtiss, 41, was partially ejected from the back seat as the Jeep rolled. He was pinned beneath it and pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.Rippy, 50 at the time, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol. He posted bond for $11,750.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611; pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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