Driver in downtown car chase remains at large |

Driver in downtown car chase remains at large

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Police have not located the driver who used a stolen Toyota to lead them on a chase early Saturday morning.

Cops were called around 2 a.m. Saturday by a concerned citizen with a report of a suspicious vehicle cruising around in the vicinity of 7th Street and Blake Avenue.

They found the car and gave chase for a few blocks, but the sergeant in charge soon called off the chase because of the potential danger of driving fast on the city’s back streets and because the initial report was of a suspicious vehicle.

Moments later, the Toyota was discovered around 11th Street and Minter Avenue, but the suspect scurried up the hill and out of sight of police.

“Basically, the person bailed out of the car and there was a foot pursuit, but they lost him up on the hillside,” Glenwood Springs police Lt. Bill Kimminau said.

By the time police found the car, its owner wasn’t even aware yet that his car had been stolen.

Glenwood Springs resident Jennifer Vanian was driving home when police cars streamed by her in pursuit of the stolen vehicle.

“All six police cars had their sirens on,” she said.

Once inside her house, Vanian said she could see the light from police flashlights along the side of the hill.

“It was the most exciting thing I’ve seen in Glenwood,” she said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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