Two men from Glenwood Springs are facing multiple felony charges after allegedly stealing two vehicles and rolling one of them on Cottonwood Pass while intoxicated.
On July 9 at 4:30 p.m., Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies and troopers with the Colorado State Patrol responded to the Cottonwood Pass area after receiving a report that a vehicle had been involved in a roll-over accident. When they arrived on scene, they found that the driver was ejected from the Jeep and was seriously injured. He was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office in a press release.
Robert Lee Larsen and Tony Burk Zackary Kelly, both 33 and residents of Glenwood Springs, were arrested. Larsen, identified as the driver, was taken to the Eagle County Detention Facility where he is being held on 17 charges, including felony motor vehicle theft, felony burglary, felony arson, felony theft, felony trespass, felony possession of a firearm by a previous offender, felony habitual traffic offender, and other traffic offenses and misdemeanors. No bond has been set for Larsen.
Kelly was transported to the Eagle County Detention Facility and was held on eight counts, including felony motor vehicle theft, felony burglary, felony possession of a weapon by a previous offender, felony arson, and violation of a protection order concerning no use of alcohol. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.
The Gypsum Fire Protection District and Eagle County Paramedic Services responded to the Cottonwood Pass scene and transported Larsen to the Vail Valley Medical Center for treatment.
Authorities say Kelly had fled the scene of the accident, and a search was conducted with an Eagle County Sheriff Office K-9. Kelly was eventually located and authorities say he also was intoxicated.
The wrecked Jeep had recently been stolen from a residence on Cottonwood Pass Road, according to the sheriff’s office.
A second vehicle was found near the accident scene. Authorities say an Audi also had been stolen earlier that day from Glenwood Springs. The two suspects allegedly attempted to destroy the Audi by burning it but their efforts were unsuccessful, according to the sheriff’s office. The Audi was found hidden in tall sagebrush. A vehicle fire could have started a large wildland fire had the arson attempt been successful, authorities contend.
While searching the stolen Jeep, deputies located several firearms and a small motorcycle that also had been stolen. Deputies were able to locate the owner of the stolen items who lived in the Cottonwood Pass area. The suspects had allegedly burglarized the residence around the time the Jeep was stolen, according to authorities.