Hit and run in Buttermilk parking lot leads to charges

Aspen Daily News Staff Report
An Aspen man is facing hit-and-run charges after he ran over the foot of a security guard at the Buttermilk parking lot Saturday.

According to Colorado State Patrol (CSP), a security guard directing traffic at Buttermilk, where Winter X Games preparations are underway, informed Douglas Clayton that he could not park in an area of the parking lot. Clayton ignored the man’s instructions and kept moving, moderately injuring the man’s foot, according to a CSP press release. The foot was not broken, but the security guard was taken by ambulance to the Aspen Valley Hospital emergency room, CSP Sgt. Dave Evridge said.

Clayton left the scene, but the injured security guard, who is from California but is working locally in conjunction with X Games, took down his license plate number. Police saw that the car was registered to an Aspen address and showed up at the house just as Clayton was returning, Aspen police Sgt. Mike Tracey said.

Clayton was issued a summons for careless driving causing injury and for failing to remain at the scene and give aid after an accident involving injury.

Tracey noted that there were two other hit-and-run incidents in Aspen over the weekend.

On Friday night, Brian Dixon was arrested and charged with DUI after he hit another car near the Castle Creek Bridge. Dixon kept going after the collision, and was eventually stopped by Aspen police at Highway 82 and Owl Creek Road, where he was arrested for allegedly driving drunk.

Another man, Damon Broussard of New Castle, is facing hit-and-run charges after he struck a parked car near Seventh and Main streets in Aspen on Saturday. The wreck caused Broussard’s license plate to fall onto the ground, so law enforcement was able to contact him at his residence in New Castle, where he was issued a summons, Tracey said.