Glenwood Springs burglary suspect died in crash after fleeing Tuesday |

Glenwood Springs burglary suspect died in crash after fleeing Tuesday

Deputies not in pursuit of suspect at time of crash

A burglary suspect allegedly fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle crashed into a ravine south of Glenwood Springs and died Tuesday night, a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said.

“There was a burglary, the guy came out and found the suspect and he took off in a car,” Garfield County Sheriff’s Officer Communications Officer Walt Stowe said. “In the process, he crashed. He left the road, went into a ravine and he was killed on site.”

Stowe said on Thursday that sheriff’s deputies were not in pursuit at the time of the crash.

“It was his own volition and choice when he was going that fast down that road,” Stowe said. “He was heading back down by the time our guys were heading up.”

Stowe said typical protocol when a suspect flees is to radio ahead then set up a road block.

According to a Wednesday morning news release, sheriff’s deputies were notified around 7:20 p.m. of a burglary in progress in Glenwood Springs. In the process, the suspect was interrupted and began heading up 4 Mile Road until reaching Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort.

At that point, the suspect turned around and began traveling down 4 Mile Road at a high rate of speed before leaving the roadway and crashing, the release states. This prompted sheriff’s deputies to engage a reverse 911 call, advising all area residents to stay inside with doors and vehicles locked until the suspect could be located.

“The call was canceled once the suspect was located at the crash scene and it was determined there were no other suspects involved who may have fled the scene,” the release states. “The crash resulted in the fatality of the suspect.”

The Colorado State Patrol’s accident reconstruction specialists arrived on scene to assist in the investigation, the release states.

As of Wednesday morning, Stowe said state patrol has continued to investigate the scenes, which include the crash site as well as the suspected site of the burglary.

The identity of the suspect was unknown at the time of the incident, the release stated. The suspect’s identity will be released by the Garfield County Coroner’s Office once it’s established and next of kin has been notified, the release said.

Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or

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