Man lost in Colorado River after attempted auto theft |

Man lost in Colorado River after attempted auto theft

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs CO, Colo.

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Authorities are combing the Colorado River in search of a man who stole a car at a New Castle business this morning, lost control of the vehicle and rolled it, then fled into the Colorado River.

New Castle Police Chief Chris Sadler said authorities were first called at 8 a.m. about an auto theft in progress at Coal Ridge Park on County Road 335, south of the Colorado River.

While Sadler was enroute to the scene, he received another call from a witness who reported that the suspect had spun out of control while leaving the parking lot of the business park and rolled the vehicle.

As officers arrived at the scene, the suspect fled on foot, running down to the river and jumping in.

As officers arrived and stood on the north and south banks of the river, the suspect saw that he was surrounded and started swimming downstream. Authorities lost sight of him, and started searching along the river on foot. Sadler said it appears the suspect drowned.

By noon, Garfield Search and Rescue was preparing to search the river by boat, Sadler said.

Sadler said the identity of the suspect is unknown.

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