DUI crash suspect linked to 2005 attempted murder charge

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Charles Pruitt took to Facebook Wednesday night to publicly apologize for his actions, which included disorderly conduct at multiple Grand Junction establishments and crashing his truck into an unoccupied building.

"I want to thank everyone for your concern about my accident last night," Pruitt writes. "Thank God no one was injured. I also want to apologize to anyone that my reckless actions have hurt.
Obviously, drinking is something I need out of my life, completely."

Early Wednesday morning Pruitt caused damage to the Lambert and Associates Geotechnical Engineering building, but not before he caused disorderly conduct at two other establishments in the area.

According to a police affidavit, Pruitt left Thunderstruck Valley Restaurant and Bar intoxicated, proceeding to then punch his own truck before he drove off.

He then ended up at another bar before he eventually struck the business building on Pitkin Avenue.

Police caught up with Pruitt, charging him with driving under the influence, obstructing a peace officer, reckless driving, and leaving the scene after striking unattended property.

Pruitt is certainly no stranger to criminal activity, in fact he was tied up in a murder case that landed a person in jail effectively for life.

Back in 2006 Pruitt - along with Samuel Lincoln - were accused of shooting James Finnegan and leaving him for dead in the desert north of Grand Junction in the fall of 2005.

According to our station archives, the co-defendants were tried separately.

Sam Lincoln was sentenced to 222 years behind bars, but the same cannot be said for Charles Pruitt. According to the Post Independent Pruitt received 10 years of probation for his role in the case.

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