High-speed escape attempt ends in arrest of N.D. man | PostIndependent.com

High-speed escape attempt ends in arrest of N.D. man

A Fargo, N.D., man was arrested Thursday morning after he tried to flee from authorities in a stolen car, according to police reports. Garfield County sheriff’s deputies first spotted Christopher Jordan Zolper, 22, talking to a pedestrian on the side of Interstate 70 near Canyon Creek. The green Ford Taurus he was driving – which was also from North Dakota – was sticking partway out into one of the westbound lanes. When they pulled up to see what was going on, Zolper reportedly stepped on the gas and sped away. Police chased him at speeds exceeding 120 mph west to the Mamm Creek exit just east of Rifle, where he got off the highway, then headed back east on the highway. Again the chase reached high speeds, but Zolper was finally stopped when Colorado State Patrol troopers laid a tire deflation device across the highway.”He was going about 105 when he hit the StopSticks,” Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said. “It blew two tires and he slid sideways.”At that point, police from the CSP and sheriff’s office, as well as officers from New Castle, Silt and Rifle, converged on Zolper and placed him in custody. Police said Zolper tried to give them a fake name when he was apprehended.Zolper was arrested on charges of theft by receiving, prohibited parking, false reporting to authorities, vehicular eluding and criminal impersonation.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com

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