Suspected drunken driver causes traffic jam on Highway 50

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 2:52 PM MDT
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Colorado State Patrol troopers were trying to find the source of a traffic jam on Highway 50 Friday. They ended up finding a man passed out in his SUV.

A construction zone along Highway 50 near Highway 9, just west of Cañon City, forced traffic to one lane. Just before 10:50 in the morning, traffic was stopped in the lane. Troopers located a stationary SUV. The motor was running and was in gear. A trooper had to reach into the vehicle across the driver and put it in park before turning off the engine, all while the driver was passed out. The trooper was then able to wake up the driver. The driver then tried to put the vehicle back in gear and take off but didn't get away.

The 35-year-old man refused a voluntary standardized field sobriety test and was arrested. He later submitted a breath sample and was booked in the Fremont County jail for an alcohol offense and a weapons offense. More charges are possible according to the Colorado State Patrol.

There were also two pit bull dogs in the gold SUV. One state trooper waited with the vehicle until someone who knew the driver could get there and take custody of the dogs.

The incident caused problems for hours as traffic was backed up for more than three miles in both directions.

Colorado State Patrol has not released the name of the man arrested.