Gas skip leads to police chase through canyon
DOTSERO Glenwood Springs police officers chased a man driving a stolen car Thursday through Glenwood Canyon to Dotsero where the suspect ditched the car, ran off on foot and likely escaped.On Thursday morning Glenwood Police received a call from a south Glenwood Springs service station that theyd been the victim of a gas skip. The attendant gave a description of the vehicle and an officer located it driving through town, said lieutenant Bill Kimminau.The officer didnt stop the car but ran the plates, which came back stolen out of Arizona. Fearing a chase through town the officer waited until the driver pulled onto Interstate-70 to try to pull him over. The driver failed to stop, driving at speed of 75-80 miles per hour through the canyon, said Kimminau. When the driver got to Dotsero he exited the interstate and drove north on Colorado River Road, and jumped out of the car and ran into the hills. Eagle and Garfield counties and the Colorado State Patrol assisted with the chase, but the agencies werent able to locate the man by about 2 p.m. and called off the search, said Kimminau.Authorities suspect the man may have been picked up by another vehicle, he said.If the man is caught hell likely be brought back to Glenwood Springs and charged with eluding, possession of stolen property and theft, for skipping on the gas, said Kimminau. Glenwood Springs police were still waiting for information on the vehicle from Arizona. They dont know who the man is or what other crimes he may have committed, but are looking for a bald white male about six feet tall and 180 pounds, said Kimminau.
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