Garfield County deputy gave chase before fatal I-70 rollover
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Garfield County deputy sheriff chased a speeding Nissan Maxima through a construction zone on I-70 near Silt on Monday afternoon, shortly before the Maxima was involved in a fatal crash.
The deputy broke off pursuit minutes before the vehicle ran off the highway and rolled, killing two of its occupants, according to a statement from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
A third occupant of the vehicle was badly injured and taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. All three men were ejected from the vehicle when it rolled, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
None of the victims’ names have been released, according to State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid.
The sheriff’s department reported that prior to the accident, a deputy was parked at mile marker 87 on the interstate at 2:45 p.m., checking for speeders in the construction zone, when the Maxima sped past, disregarding the lowered speed limit posting.
The statement did not say how fast the Maxima was traveling, but noted that the vehicle was moving “well over the posted speed.”
The deputy caught up to the vehicle within a mile, put on the squad car’s lights and siren, and sped after the Maxima, which reportedly slowed momentarily before accelerating rapidly and speeding out of sight.
The deputy abandoned the chase four miles later, shortly before the Mamm Creek exit around mile marker 93.
The sheriff’s department press release explained, “Because it was a minor traffic infraction, the deputy notified the communications center that he was at mile marker 93 and a vehicle was headed eastbound at a high rate of speed, but he was not going to continue with the traffic stop and had turned off his emergency lights.”
After backing off on the chase, the deputy returned to the sheriff’s substation near the Garfield County Airport, according to the statement.
The Maxima went off the road and rolled at mile marker 96.5, according to the Colorado State Patrol, which is investigating the crash.
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