RIFLE — A slew of officers from the Colorado State Patrol and the Rifle Police Department responded to an incident around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday when an allegedly stolen vehicle crashed into a tree on the lawn of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at the top of 7th Street.
According to Sgt. Dave Evridge with the CSP, troopers became aware of a stolen vehicle in the Rifle area. The vehicle, a white 2012 Volkswagen EOS, registered in Georgia, was reported stolen from Wheat Ridge.
“The state patrol spotted the vehicle in Rifle and attempted to stop it,” said Rifle Police Chief John Dyer. “But it didn’t stop and kept going onto 7th Street.”
The vehicle then traveled off the left side of the road, struck a curb and a tree. The vehicle rolled to a stop, disabled, according to Evridge. The driver, Jason Dominguez, 29, of Wheat Ridge, led troopers on a short foot pursuit before surrendering.
Also in the car was a 22-year-old female. No one was injured during the crash. The CSP handled the auto theft investigation and booked Dominguez into the Garfield County Jail on charges that included aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding and reckless driving.
“The state patrol spotted the vehicle in Rifle and attempted to stop it. But it didn’t stop and kept going onto 7th Street.”
Rifle police chief