COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man who was on the run from law enforcement after he was suspected of paralyzing a young woman in a Colorado Springs hit-and-run crash was found guilty of aggravated robbery, but the jury was hung on a charge of vehicular assault.
The jury decision came on Friday for Preston Bailey. At one point he was scheduled to take a plea deal on the case for charges of aggravated robbery, felony menacing and motor vehicle theft for the wild scene back in January of 2018. He failed to show up for court before he turned himself in at a later date. Because he was on the run, the plea deal was taken off the table and went to trial.
Bailey claims he wasn't the one driving the car when the victim was hit and paralyzed.
Crash victim Brittany Barker is out of the hospital but paralyzed. She was present for the verdict, watch 11 News on Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to hear from her.
In January of 2018, Prosecutors say Preston Bailey was on the run from an alleged drug deal gone wrong when he crashed into a car near North Circle and Bijou. Robert Barker's daughter was driving the car Bailey is accused of crashing into. Barker says the crash left his daughter paralyzed.
Bailey was found guilty of aggravated robbery for the carjacking of another driver right after the crash with Barker to get away. According to arrest papers, Bailey ran up to the driver's door and said, "We have guns." The driver tried to shut her door, but Bailey reportedly forced the door back open and pushed the driver before stealing her car.
Bailey could be retried on the vehicular assault charge.