On Sunday evening, at approximately 9:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run involving a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle at the Grand Junction Regional Airport. Upon arrival, the victim was found to be an 83 year old male, who was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Witnesses stated that they observed a silver station wagon strike the victim as he was crossing the roadway near the terminal. The vehicle then proceeded to drive through a lowered parking gate arm, causing the arm to break. Upon exiting the parking area of the airport, the suspect was contacted by a parking attendant who observed damage to the station wagon. Because he did not have a parking receipt, the driver of the vehicle provided his name and date of birth to the parking lot attendant, and the attendant also made note of the license plate number on the vehicle.
Later in the evening, paramedics responded to the area of 25 Road and I Road, on a report of a male passed out in a vehicle parked in the area. The vehicle appeared to have been in an accident, and the vehicle, plate, and male driver matched the description provided by the parking attendant at the airport, regarding the hit and run. The driver of the vehicle displayed numerous signs of intoxication, and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the hospital to continue their investigation of the incident. After being treated and released, the suspect in this case, identified as Johnathan Miller, 32, was arrested and transported to the Mesa County Jail, where he was booked on the following charges:
2nd Degree Assault (F3), DUI, Driving Under Revocation, Failure to Remain at the Scene After Injury Accident, Criminal Mischief (F6), Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Striking Property, Vehicular Assault while DUI/DUID (F4), & Elder Abuse (F5).