Glenwood Springs woman who backed car into Aspen pond hit with more charges |

Glenwood Springs woman who backed car into Aspen pond hit with more charges

Aspen police say a driver drove to the end of Meadows Drive and wound up in a lake at Aspen Meadows.
Photo courtesy Aspen Police |

A 24-year-old woman who claimed she accidentally backed her car into a pond at Aspen Meadows last month has been hit with more charges, including possession of LSD and theft of a second hotel van, a prosecutor said Monday.

Elizabeth Bergquist of Glenwood Springs initially reported her 2006 Chevrolet Malibu stolen after the car was found floating in the pond at the Doerr-Hosier Center at Aspen Meadows during Aspen Ideas Festival. She later admitted to mistakenly backing the car into the pond, then getting out of the pond, removing her socks and entering a hotel van to try and get warm, according to court documents.

She admitted to moving the van, which was found crashed into a wall and was running at about 4 a.m. by a hotel employee. Police later found the socks, along with a small marijuana container, about 200 yards from the pond as well as what appeared to be Bergquist’s car keys inside the van.

Bergquist told police she later walked to a bus stop on Eighth Street and caught the bus downvalley to Glenwood Springs. That, however, may not be accurate, prosecutor Sarah Oszczakiewicz said Monday.

That’s because a second Aspen Meadows van was reported missing and later found in the downtown Aspen area, she said. Bergquist was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft for allegedly stealing that van, Oszczakiewicz said. The LSD was found among her possessions left in the vans, she said.

Bergquist faces numerous other charges, including false reporting to authorities, two counts of failure to report an accident, two counts of striking another vehicle or property, two counts of trespassing and driving with a revoked license.

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