High speed chase ends with arrest in Silverthorne
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SUMMIT COUNTY – A high-speed chase on I-70 early Monday morning ended in Silverthorne when local law enforcement officers arrested a 46-year-old Grand Junction woman whose driving privileges were under restriction as a habitual traffic offender.
A Colorado State Patrol officer and a Silverthorne police officer suffered slight injuries during the chase and subsequent attempts to stop the speeding car. They were treated and released at the Summit Medical Center.
Colorado State patrol officers initially responded at 2:20 a.m. to reports of a vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lane of I-70, said Capt. Ron Prater, commander of the CSP in the division covering Summit and Clear Creek counties.
“Two officers responded and located the vehicle in an unauthorized area near the tunnel. They were in contact with her for a few minutes,” Prater said.
Then the driver fled, headed westbound on I-70 at speeds of up to 130 mph, Prater said.
“She was all over the road, weaving. The officers were able to pursue as traffic was virtually non-existent at the time,” Prater said.
The driver turned off the freeway at exit 205 in Silverthorne and turned up Wildernest Road, careening into the 7-11 property and then smashing through fence at the factory outlet stores, Prater said.
Officers tried to stop the speeding car with a technical vehicle intervention maneuver in that area, but the driver eluded police and hit a Silverthorne Police Department vehicle, slightly injuring an officer.
“She lost control on the bridge across the Blue River … she was unable to get out of her car,” Prater said, explaining that the vehicle was damaged and that female driver, now in custody also was injured.
Colorado State Patrol officers also were involved in another high-speed chase Friday night on I-70, when a westbound driver traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph tried to pass a slow-moving truck on the shoulder of the highway. A CSP patrol car was parked in the area, and the driver came to a stop and was arrested.
Prater said the Colorado State Patrol has issued hundreds of tickets this weekend.
“Everyone that wears a uniform is out on the road working. Our evaluation has been that the traffic has generally been very well behaved,” he concluded.
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