Tyler Lewis
Tyler Lewis

A man was arrested early Saturday in Lafayette after police say he caused his girlfriend to crash her car after she picked him up from the bars in Boulder.

Tyler Lewis, 25, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, child abuse and domestic violence, according to jail records.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were called to the 500 block of E South Boulder Road at 2:34 a.m. Saturday for a single-car crash, where officers found Lewis, his girlfriend, and his girlfriend's younger brother.

Lewis' girlfriend initially told police she might have hit a patch of ice, but her brother, who is a juvenile, told police Lewis caused the crash by jerking the wheel.

After being asked again about the crash, Lewis' girlfriend said Lewis had in fact caused the crash. She told police Lewis was drinking at a bar in Boulder when he called her to give him a ride home. After driving to Boulder with her brother and picking up Lewis, the woman said she and Lewis began to argue in the SUV.

At one point, the woman and her brother got out of the SUV and told Lewis he could drive home himself, though he eventually calmed down and she continued to drive.

But the woman told police Lewis again began arguing with her, and attempted to jerk the wheel. The woman said she was able to brake the car.

After continuing to drive, Lewis again jerked the wheel, and his girlfriend told police this time she was unable to stop the Dodge Durango from crashing into a tree.


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The woman suffered a compound fracture of her ankle as well as injuries to her liver, spleen and kidneys that required surgery, while her brother had injuries on his chest from the seatbelt.

Lafayette Police Sgt. John Sellers said police arrested Lewis at the hospital once investigators learned he reportedly caused the crash. Sellers said police don't know yet where the group was driving to or what bar or bars Lewis had been to that night.

Lewis is currently being held at the Boulder County Jail on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled for a formal filing of charges on Wednesday.

Lewis pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired in Larimer County in 2016 and disturbing the peace in Denver earlier this year.

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