High-speed chase ends in arrest
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” A high-speed chase across much of western Garfield and eastern Mesa counties ended in the arrest of a 22-year-old Parachute man Monday night.
Robert Hoag was arrested at 11:12 p.m. on Jan. 1 after a pursuit that began on Interstate 70 near Palisade ended on a dark rural road in Parachute a half hour later.
Hoag is charged with vehicular eluding, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, child abuse, and three counts of false imprisonment.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Hoag was clocked at 96 mph in a 75-mph zone heading east on I-70 at Palisade.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jim Neely paced the car through construction on the Colorado River bridge on the west end of DeBeque Canyon at speeds over 100 mph.
Hoag, driving a green 1995 Honda Civic, continued through the canyon weaving in and out of traffic, Neely said in his affidavit.
At the town of DeBeque, the Honda took the off ramp at 95 mph, Neely reported.
The car ran a stop sign and drove back on to the interstate and accelerated to 105 mph. Neely alerted Parachute police who blocked the exit ramp at Parachute. Now in Garfield County, Neely was joined by a sheriff’s deputy and both cars continued the pursuit with lights flashing.
Hoag left the interstate at the Rulison exit and turned on to County Road 309.
Neely noted the road was narrow and the Honda was taking sharp curves at high speed, at times on the wrong side of the road.
“I was unable to keep up with the Honda since I was unfamiliar with the road and I felt that my safety was now in danger,” Neely said.
He pulled over and let the Garfield county deputy take the lead.
At the intersection of county roads 309 and 301 Parachute police had laid tack strips on the road. When the Honda drove over them its two right tires went flat. A couple miles further on the car slid off the road and got stuck in a snowbank.
Hoag got out of the car and ran off, leaving three passengers in the car. Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Franklin took off after Hoag and “caught him as he became entangled in a barbed wire fence,” Neely said.
He was duly arrested and taken to Mesa County Jail.
The ages of the three passengers were 14, 16, and 17.
“All three kids were begging him to stop,” said Master Sergeant Martin Petrik of the CSP office in Fruita. Hoag repeatedly refused to stop, saying he didn’t want to go to jail.
The three juveniles were later released to their parents.
Neely said he asked Hoag why he did not stop when the pursuit began. “He said he was in a hurry to get home (and) … that the three others in the Honda were friends of his and ‘they were screaming at me, stop, stop, stop.'”
Bond was set for Hoag at $6,000, but he remains in Mesa County Jail, said Mesa County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Norma Maestas.
No injuries were reported and no drugs or alcohol were involved, Petrik said.
Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 16605
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