Glenwood suspect finally nabbed in Rifle after high-speed chase |

Glenwood suspect finally nabbed in Rifle after high-speed chase

A high-speed chase from downtown Glenwood Springs early Saturday morning ended in West Rifle after police flattened the suspect’s tires.

The chase started at 12:30 a.m. Saturday on Cooper Avenue when Glenwood Springs police contacted Dale A. Sorghardt for violation of a restraining order.

Sorghardt allegedly headed west on Interstate 70 in a white Pontiac sedan. Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol took over the chase as it left the city limits.

The suspect’s vehicle tried to ram police vehicles several times, according to State Patrol Capt. Scott Friend. The pursuit continued west to Rifle at speeds up to 100 mph.

At Rifle, officers put out stop sticks to flatten the tires.

Sorghardt reportedly pulled the vehicle over near the West Rifle interchange. He was ordered out by officers, refused to obey several orders and then ran south toward the Colorado River. Officers chased him on foot and after a brief struggle, took Sorghardt into custody.

Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the incident, Friend reported.

Sorghardt was booked into the Garfield County Jail.

Friend did not include the charges Sorghardt may face, or the suspect’s age and address, in a press release issued Saturday.

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