New Zealand man faces vehicle theft charges

— A 24-year-old New Zealand man faces numerous charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle from downtown Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning.

Brett William O'Sullivan was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. as he was walking on Hilltop Lane with three other men, Steamboat Springs Police Officer Damian Baynes said.

The men were walking because O'Sullivan allegedly wrecked a stolen white Volvo in a ditch.

"The investigation came together pretty quickly," Baynes said. "Everybody was in the right spot at the right time."

O'Sullivan and his friends had been drinking at El Rancho Nuevo when the alleged theft occurred.

The owner of the vehicle told police he parked the car in front of the establishment in the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

The man left the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked.

At about 2 a.m., the man reported his vehicle had been stolen.

Police received information from a Routt County Sheriff's deputy that the vehicle was seen at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Hilltop Lane.

"With that information, we immediately went to the area," Baynes said.

Officers found the four men walking and then found the wrecked vehicle.

"They tried to walk away," Baynes said. "At least, $1,000 in damage was caused to the vehicle."

While talking to the four men, Baynes said O'Sullivan admitted to taking the car.

O'Sullivan was booked into the Routt County Jail at about 3:30 a.m. after performing a field sobriety test and taking a Breathalyzer.

Baynes said the man's blood-alcohol content was higher than the state's legal limit, which is 0.10.

O'Sullivan faces charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, driving under the influence, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The man is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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