An Aspen man was advised Wednesday that he faces three misdemeanor charges for allegedly crashing his vehicle into a library book drop, a brick post at a bank’s drive-through area and then another vehicle.
The accident happened Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. at US Bank on Main Street.
Michael Younger, 45, was advised on charges of DUI, violating a protection order through the alleged consumption of alcohol and careless driving.
The owner of the vehicle that Younger’s SUV allegedly hit said at the scene that Younger may have lost consciousness in the alley behind the Pitkin County Library.
Younger was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital before being arrested. His wife was with him in the vehicle and was not hurt.
Prosecutor Jason Slothouber told Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely of Pitkin County Court that Younger’s protection order that involves alcohol stems from cases in 2012, which also was alcohol-related, and in 2011.
Slothouber said he was very concerned that Younger’s alcohol use is endangering the community.
Younger said that he needed to get out of jail so he could continue to support his family as an accountant. He said he has received alcohol-abuse treatment in the past.
Fernandez-Ely said that she wanted to ensure that he again signed up for treatment for the community’s protection.
“I need to impress upon you that need to do that before getting out of jail,” she said.
Fernandez-Ely set his cash-only bond at $10,000, and a condition of his bond will be a case-management agreement with the Aspen Counseling Center to monitor his abstinence.
Younger’s next court date is Tuesday.