Stolen car involved in hit and run |

Stolen car involved in hit and run

Just after 5 p.m. Oct. 18, the Garfield County Sheriff’s office received a report that a vehicle had veered across a double yellow line on Spring Valley Road and collided with another car, then fled the scene.

A deputy en route to the scene passed a white Cadillac on the side of the road that he believed to be the swerving vehicle, and then encountered Brian Durkee, 52, of Canyon Creek, on foot a little farther up the road.

Durkee, whose driver’s license revoked for drunken driving, submitted to a roadside sobriety test and blew a .164 BAC, more than twice the legal limit.

When the owner of the Cadillac submitted a statement that it had been stolen, Durkee was arrested for felony motor vehicle theft, driving without a license, driving under the influence and careless driving. The affidavit assessed that the collision caused “several thousand dollars in damage” to the other vehicle.

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