Sheriff: Speeding Jeep driver takes sharp turn, causing passenger to fly out; Driver flees

WELLINGTON, Colo. - Larimer County authorities say a suspected drunk driver was speeding recklessly in an open-door Jeep early Friday when he took a sharp turn and the woman in the front passenger flew out of the vehicle.

The man then drove home without helping the seriously injured woman, said Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz.

Deputies were called around midnight on a report of an injured woman at Crazy Horse Lane and Buffalo Creek Parkway in Wellington.

Arriving deputies found a 25-year-old Wellington woman with injuries to her head and face, Schulz said. The vehicle involved in the incident had left the scene. The woman was taken to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown.

During their investigation, deputies learned the woman was a passenger in a Jeep driven by 29-year-old Joseph Dominic Savell of Wellington, Schulz said. 

Schulz said Savell was driving north on Buffalo Creek Parkway and attempted to turn left onto Crazy Horse Lane. He was speeding so when he turned, the woman was thrown out and Savell drove off, Schulz said.

Larimer County deputies tracked down Savell at his home. He was arrested on investigation of vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an injury accident, driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was booked into the Larimer County Jail where he is waiting the setting of bond.

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