Rifle police arrest man after 20-mile chase | PostIndependent.com

Rifle police arrest man after 20-mile chase

A Colorado man was arrested late Friday afternoon after a chase of about 20 miles in western Garfield County.

Justin Edwards faces eluding, drug possession and other charges after an incident that started at the Wal-Mart in Rifle.

Rifle police Sgt. Diego Pina said Edwards, whose hometown wasn’t available, got into an argument with staff at the store about merchandise pricing. He refused to stay at the store to wait for police, and drove east on Airport Road. A Rifle officer saw him and began chasing him.

Edwards pulled over at mile marker 102 on Interstate 70 between New Castle and Silt, Pina said.

He said speeds during the chase never exceeded 70 mph.

Once stopped, Edwards did not resist arrest, Pina said. However, as he got out of his car, it rolled into a Colorado State Patrol car, causing minor damage.

Pina said Edwards was in possession of about two pounds of marijuana and three firearms. Police also learned he had more than $8,000 in cash and more than $600,000 in outstanding warrants, some of them drug-related.

Pina said an investigation into the case was ongoing.

Silt police and Garfield sheriff deputies also assisted during the chase.

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