An Arizona man has been arrested after police say he crashed a Jeep in Longmont while driving drunk and then tried to blame the accident on his passenger who was thrown from the vehicle and seriously injured.
Caleb Jesse Phillips, 23, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault, attempt to influence a public servant, failure to give aid after an accident involving serious bodily injury, failure to notify police of a crash, reckless driving and driving a vehicle with an unsecured passenger.
According to an arrest affidavit, a resident near Rogers Road and Airport Road in Longmont called police at 2:18 a.m. on May 12 after seeing a vehicle pass by his house at a high speed and then hearing a loud “clunk.”
When a deputy arrived, they found Phillips looking for his wallet in the backseat of a heavily damaged 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. When police asked if Phillips was driving, he told them that his friend, Azar Tzegai, had been driving and said that Tzegai had been thrown from the vehicle and was lying in the field near the car.
A deputy found Tzegai unconscious in the field and called for an ambulance, which transported him to Longmont United Hospital.
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