GJ man pleads guilty to vehicular assault

By Pat Sunderland

Jeremy Hamm, 38, of Grand Junction has pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and driving under the influence. The charges stem from a June 2016 accident which resulted in serious bodily injury to Danyale Richardson, 30, a passenger in Hamm's vehicle.

The two were reportedly driving from Grand Junction to Delta when Hamm rolled his Ford Explorer on Highway 50 near mile post 60, just east of Escalante Canyon Road. The Colorado State Patrol arrived on the scene just after midnight on June 22.

First responders quickly suspected that alcohol or drugs had contributed to the crash, and after Hamm was transported to the hospital several blood draws were taken to confirm their suspicions. According to the arrest affidavit, methamphetanine and drug paraphernalia were found at the crash scene.

Vehicular assault is a felony charge with a sentencing range of one to three years, plus parole and fines. The DUI, a second for Hamm, normally carries a 30-day jail sentence.

Delta County District Court Judge Steven Schultz set a sentencing hearing for June 19.