Accused DUI driver flees from traffic stop, crashes at Lakeside Amusement Park

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Damage from crash at Lakeside Amusement Park

DENVER — A single-vehicle crash at Lakeside Amusement Park late Friday night was the result of an accused DUI driver who fled from a traffic stop, the Lakewood Police Department said Saturday.

A part of the amusement park facing Sheridan Boulevard was damaged in the crash.

A news release said a Lakewood officer tried to stop the driver of a black Acura who was driving recklessly at West Colfax Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. But the driver fled.

The officer did not initiate a chase, according to police. At 11:42 p.m., the vehicle had crashed at Lakeside Amusement Park in the 4600 block of Sheridan Boulevard.

The driver, 33-year-old Rudolph Valentino Garcia, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police said once Garcia is released from the hospital, he will be jailed on charges of felony eluding, DUI, driving as a habitual traffic offender and reckless driving.