1-70 chase ends with rollover | PostIndependent.com

1-70 chase ends with rollover

A police chase ended in a rollover with injuries on Interstate 70 near Rifle Friday afternoon. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the male driver, whose identity was unavailable, allegedly assaulted a police officer in Mesa County and led Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit toward Rifle. Deputies chased the vehicle into Garfield County, asking Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies not to join the pursuit. Colorado State Patrol officers took over near the county line and attempted to halt the vehicle with “stop sticks,” Vallario said. But the stop sticks didn’t work, and as the chase approached Rifle, the State Patrol officers tried the “PIT maneuver,” when a patrol car taps the rear of the runaway vehicle and attempts to spin and stop it. But this time the PIT maneuver caused the vehicle to roll near milepost 91, just east of Rifle, causing police to shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 and divert traffic onto the frontage road. Vallario said the driver was suspected to have sustained internal injuries, and was expected to be taken to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle before being airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. The female passenger was uninjured, he said.Both the passenger and the driver have arrest warrants out against them, Vallario said. Spokesmen for the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado State Patrol were unavailable for comment. Another rollover on Colorado Highway 82 about a mile south of the Buffalo Valley Restaurant occurred earlier Friday afternoon, but there were no injuries, according to State Patrol dispatch.

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