Wheelman eludes state troopers in I-70 chase near New Castle
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Authorities are still looking for a man who led Colorado State Troopers in a pursuit on I-70 Wednesday, and got away on foot.
According to Colorado State Patrol Captain Rich Duran, troopers attempted to stop a 1987 Jeep for speeding in the Glenwood Canyon at about 1:21 a.m. on Aug. 26. However, the Jeep’s driver did not stop the vehicle and eluded officers until the Jeep came to a screeching halt near New Castle.
According to a press release from the CSP, the unknown male driver of the Jeep initially exited at the No Name Exit after troopers first made contact. However, the driver ran the stop sign on the exit ramp and continued westbound on I-70.
The driver continued to elude troopers through Glenwood Springs and exited again at the South Canyon Exit, according to the CSP, where he again ran the stop sign and continued westbound, once again, on I-70.
Just before the Jeep approached the New Castle Exit, Duran said that the driver intentionally drove the Jeep off the right side of the interstate, went through a fence, and onto the railroad tracks.
The driver stopped the Jeep after following the railroad tracks briefly, and fled on foot.
Authorities pursued the fugitive and even received assistance from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, but were unsuccessful in apprehending him.
According to the press release, the vehicle was determined to have been stolen out of Frisco.
While the pursuit did not close I-70, the Union Pacific Railroad stopped all train traffic for a short period of time.
An investigation as to who the suspect is remains ongoing.
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