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Mead Man Sentenced to Probation, Work Release for Driving Through Crash Scene While Drunk

April 15, 2019

A Mead man who pleaded guilty to driving through the scene of a crash in Longmont while under the influence last summer was sentenced to probation and work release.

Edgar Esteban Martinez, 27, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence with two prior DUIs and eluding police in February, and on Friday he was sentenced to two years of probation and one year of work release, according to Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone.

Carbone said the second six months of Martinez’s work release sentence will be suspended if he successfully completes the first six months. He will also have to complete 80 hours of community service.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped charges of vehicular eluding, tampering with physical evidence and reckless endangerment.

According to an arrest affidavit, Martinez drove a black Ford truck on the wrong side of a divided highway on Aug. 11, 2019, to get around safety barricades prohibiting traffic from entering a crash scene.

A Longmont officer who was at the scene at East Ken Pratt Boulevard and County Line Road illuminated the truck with a light and yelled at Martinez to stop, which he did for a moment before then driving further into the crash scene and fleeing on foot when the officer pursued him.

According to the affidavit, the officer found an open Casa Modelo beer bottle on the ground outside the truck, open Bud Light and Modelo containers in the truck’s cup holders, and a fully iced cooler containing Modelo, Bud Light, Budweiser and Ciroc Vodka behind the driver’s seat. The officer also found a glass pipe with what appeared to be marijuana residue in it, according to the affidavit.

Police traced the truck to a friend of Martinez, who said he was letting Martinez use the truck. The officer on scene found a picture of Martinez and positively identified him as the driver.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars