Chase leads to I-70 leap |

Chase leads to I-70 leap

SILVERTHORNE – A Frisco man was undergoing surgery Saturday afternoon following “very critical” injuries sustained after he leapt from westbound Interstate 70 to flee police early Saturday morning.Brandon McPhearson, 33, was airlifted to a Denver area hospital after he jumped more than 40 feet from the I-70 overpass. According to a statement issued Saturday by the Silverthorne Police Department, officers were attempting to stop McPhearson’s green Jeep Wrangler after observing erratic driving about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. McPhearson, headed southbound on Blue River Parkway (Highway 9), then turned onto the westbound interstate on ramp. McPhearson stopped on I-70 and pulled over above the old Highway 9, now South Adams Road, which leads to the county fairgrounds. According to officers at the scene, McPhearson exited through the Jeep’s passenger door and jumped over the guardrail without ever touching the road. He sustained numerous injuries and was first treated at Summit Medical Center before being taken to the Front Range for emergency care.”The officers think he might have thought he was further up, where you could jump down and run to Wildernest Road, but they’re not sure,” said Verna Pottle, administrative assistant at the Silverthorne P.D. “But he had no warrants for his arrest, so we don’t know why he’d jump. We just don’t know, and he’s the only one that can tell us at this point.”McPhearson works at Ti Amo Ristorante in Frisco. His employer and family were alerted to the accident early Saturday morning.

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