Gas skip leads to police chase
DOTSERO – Glenwood Springs police chased a man driving a stolen car Thursday through Glenwood Canyon to Dotsero, where he ditched the car, ran off and likely escaped.On Thursday morning, Glenwood police received a call from a south Glenwood Springs service station that had been the victim of a gas skip. The attendant described the vehicle, and an officer located it driving through town, said Lt. Bill Kimminau.The officer didn’t stop the car but ran the plates, which came back as 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 75-80 mph through the canyon, Kimminau said. 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 weren’t able to locate the man by about 2 p.m. and called off the search, Kimminau said. Authorities suspect another vehicle may have picked up the man, he said. If the man is caught, he’ll likely be brought back to Glenwood Springs and charged with eluding, possession of stolen property and theft, for skipping on the gas, Kimminau said. Glenwood Springs police were still waiting for information on the vehicle from Arizona. They don’t know who the man is, but they are looking for a bald white male, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, Kimminau said.
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