Pueblo Crime Beat: Alcohol-related accidents lead to charges
A 27-year-old Pueblo woman is facing charges that include driving under the influence, child abuse and failure to remain at the scene of an accident following a two-car crash early Saturday.
At 4:20 a.m., officers responded to the 1100 block of Craig Street on a report of a rollover crash.
Police determined that a vehicle hit a parked car and then rolled, ending up on its roof.
"Witnesses said that a female and a child crawled out of the vehicle and left westbound on foot through an alley," explained Watch IV Capt. Tom Rummel. "Officer Greg Golden found them two blocks away."
Although the child didn’t appear to be injured, the little one was transported to the hospital to be checked out.
"The female had a cut on her head but wasn’t seriously injured," Rummel said.
After being medically cleared, Janay L. Kincaid was taken into custody. In addition to driving under the influence, child abuse and failure to remain at the scene of an accident, Kincaid was charged with reckless driving and driving under restraint (revoked license).
In another alcohol-related accident, a man driving a dirt bike with no headlight was seriously injured after he was struck by a driver believed to be under the influence.
At 11 p.m. Sunday, officers Loghan O’Hayre and Richard Ruiz responded to Beulah and Arroyo avenues on a report of a crash with injuries.
They arrived to find that an SUV pulled out in front of a male party riding a dirt bike with no headlight. The bike crashed into the side of the SUV, which then left the scene.
The bike rider was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Lawrence E. Griffey, 36, the driver of the SUV, was returned to the scene by his father. There, friends of the bike rider began to cause a disturbance with him, which led officers to remove them from the scene.
Griffey was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, with an additional count of failure to stop at a stop sign.
Man dies in abandoned house fire
A Saturday evening structure fire claimed the life of a 31-year-old Pueblo man.
At 10:15 p.m., officers and Pueblo firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 2600 block of West 11th Street. They arrived to find an abandoned house fully engulfed in flames.
"According to area residents, the house is sometimes used by transients," noted Capt. Rummel.
After gaining entry into the home, firefighters found the body of a deceased male.
At first, the death of Jared Romero, 31, was deemed suspicious. But the investigation revealed that his death was accidental, with foul play not suspected.
At 10:50 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to Baystate and Wabash avenues on a report of a shooting.
A male party sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and hip, with another man shot in the hands. Both were transported to a local hospital, with the man shot in the abdomen and hip later transported via Flight for Life to a hospital up north.
"The shooting appeared to be the result of a dispute between relatives," Capt. Rummel said.
The identified suspect, who left the scene on foot with a female, remains at the center of the investigation.
Stabbing investigated (kitten OK)
At 3 a.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to Second and Iola streets after a caller reported that a female was in the street, screaming that she’d been stabbed.
Officers arrived to find an intoxicated female, sitting in the street holding a kitten, and bleeding profusely from the head.
"She said she was at a party down the street, and another female hit her in the head with a bottle," explained Capt. Rummel. "Officers found the location of the party, but when they knocked on the door, the lights went out and nobody would respond."
The victim was transported to the hospital and the kitten was placed in the care of animal control.
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