Crime Briefs: Fleeing man crashes into patrol car |

Crime Briefs: Fleeing man crashes into patrol car

Ryan Summerlin

A New Castle patrol car took a beating Wednesday evening as a man fleeing from police in a 1987 Ford Mustang repeatedly rammed the cruiser head-on to escape a blocked-off cul-de-sac.

The police were called to the New Castle City Market for reports of a suspicious man pacing the aisles and watching employees, according to an affidavit.

An officer found the 34-year-old man driving around the parking lot in the Mustang with its headlights off. When the officer tried to stop the driver, the Mustang sped off down U.S. 6 west into downtown. He sped up to about 80 mph in the 30-mph zone downtown and continued out of town toward Silt, reaching about 90 mph in a 55-mph zone.

The vehicle periodically slowed to 10 mph or stopped completely, and when the officer would pull up behind him and step out of his patrol car, the driver would speed off again.

At one point the New Castle officer had the 34-year-old pinned in a cul-de-sac, but the man turned the Mustang around, revved the engine and twice smashed into the side of the patrol car.

He then fled on foot, but officers were able to chase him down.

He was arrested on charges including first-degree assault on a police officer, a class 3 felony; and vehicular eluding, a class 5 felony, along with misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest.


A 20-year-old and 19-year-old were pulled over by Glenwood Springs police, who subsequently found various packages of marijuana and array of smoking devices in their vehicle, along with 5 grams of Xanax concealed in a Red Bull can.

The 20-year-old driver had no driver’s license and told officers that he’d never had a license, according to a police report. The 19-year-old, who was a passenger, said the car belonged to his mother.

In the 20-year-old’s pockets officers found a glass pipe with marijuana residue and a container of 5.6 grams of “marijuana wax.”

Also in the vehicle they found a butane can, a torch and another glass pipe. In the center console officers found seven bundles of individually wrapped marijuana, altogether weighing 15.2 grams. They also found a small scale with marijuana residue.

The officer wrote that this indicated that these bundles were intended for distribution.

The 20-year-old’s more serious arresting charges included possession of a schedule 4 controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a drug misdemeanor.

The 19-year-old was arrested on possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rifle woman high and unwelcome

A 37-year-old woman in Rifle was arrested on class 5 felony first-degree criminal trespass Tuesday evening after multiple residents complained that they wanted her off their property.

She’d come walked into one residence without permission and sat on the living room floor. The woman who lived there knew the woman and asked her what she was on. The 37-year-old said she had taken methamphetamine, Ritalin and other drugs.

She later told a Rifle police officer that she had taken all her prescription drugs.

The officer wrote in an affidavit that he suspected she was under the influence of meth, cocaine or other stimulants.

She claimed to be an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

She was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor violation of a protection order.

needles found in wanted woman’s car

Stopping a vehicle on U.S. 6 east of New Castle for a 41-year-old woman known to have active warrants, a Garfield County deputy also discovered 11 hypodermic needles, two of them loaded with methamphetamine, according to an affidavit.

“Two spoons with a white crystal substance on them, and two open bottles of alcohol” – Fireball whiskey and Skol vodka – that were mostly empty.

The woman was also under a protection order, with another woman in the car being the protected party.

She was arrested on charges of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony.

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