State trooper hurt in 125-mph chase on I-70 ending in Glenwood Canyon
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A state trooper suffered minor injuries early Sunday morning during a high-speed pursuit that ended in Glenwood Canyon, according to a news release from the Colorado State Patrol.
Trooper Joshua Yoder attempted to contact a 1999 green Nissan Maxima on Interstate 70 near West Glenwood Springs for speeding, the release said. The vehicle failed to yield to the lights and sirens from Yoder’s marked car and continued eastbound on I-70, where speeds reached 125 mph.
The pursuit continued through Glenwood Canyon, where the westbound lanes are closed for construction. The Maxima made unsafe passes and continued at a high speed through the two-lane construction zone. Because of the dangers the driver imposed on other travelers on the road, Yoder used a tactical technique to end the pursuit near milepost 123 on I-70, less than 10 miles from where initial contact was attempted. The entire pursuit lasted approximately eight minutes, the release said.
The driver of the Maxima – 21-year-old Igor Skorev, of Henderson – suffered minor injuries, as well, in the incident. According to the release, both he and Yoder were treated and released at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, and Skorev was then booked into the Garfield County Jail.
Skorev was driving under restraint, with his driving privileges denied in Colorado. Official charges have yet to be filed with the District Attorney’s Office, but Skorev could face reckless driving and eluding, among other charges. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the incident. The Colorado Department of Transportation assisted in the pursuit by shutting down traffic at the Hanging Lake Tunnel. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office also shut down on-ramps east of Glenwood Canyon.
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