State Patrol pursues vehicle doing 150 mph in Garfield County
Just after midnight Friday, Colorado State Patrol came across a vehicle traveling 150 miles per hour, double the speed limit, on westbound on Interstate 70 near New Castle.
The officers pursued the vehicle until they lost sight at around mile marker 100 and backed off for safety concerns, ending the pursuit.
According to a report in the Denver Post, the car was an older-model Mustang. It was going so fast that state troopers couldn’t get a read on its license plate.
The driver was going 140 mph in on a stretch of Interstate 70 between Canyon Creek and New Castle west of Glenwood Springs where the speed limit increases from 65 mph to 75 mph.
Instead of slowing down after troopers turned on their sirens and lights, the person driving the Mustang accelerated to 150 mph, Colorado State Patrol spokesman Trooper Gary Cooper told the Denver Post.
“They tried to catch up. They weren’t doing it,” Cooper said. “They couldn’t get close enough.”
That stretch of I-70 along the Colorado River is generally straight and much flatter than mountain passes and canyons east of Glenwood Springs toward Vail.
The westbound stretch of I-70 from about New Castle to the Mesa County line is a particularly dangerous stretch of road where drivers tend to exceed the speed limit. According to a 2016 Glenwood Post Independent report, Garfield County records more fatal crashes on I-70 than any other spot west of Denver.
State Patrol notified local Garfield County law enforcement.