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14-year-old confesses in chase

Greg Masse

A 14-year-old boy has admitted to police that he was the driver who led them on a chase in a stolen car through the back streets of Glenwood Springs.

After an investigation into the chase, which happened around 2 a.m., Feb. 28, one of the officers who chased the boy on foot was able to identify him. The boy’s name cannot be released because he’s a minor, Glenwood Springs police Lt. Bill Kimminau said.

“He was involved in something else and based on the description the officer gave, we were able to figure it out,” Kimminau said.

The boy was called into the police department Friday, where Kimminau said he admitted to stealing the car from a residence on the 1100 block of Minter Avenue and taking it for a joyride. He was charged on Monday with motor vehicle theft and could face an additional charge of eluding police.

Police were called by the night of the chase by a resident reporting a suspicious vehicle cruising around a neighborhood. Officers located the car and gave chase for about nine minutes, Kimminau said.

The stolen Toyota was cornered between the 800 and 900 blocks of Minter Avenue, but the suspect fled the car and scurried up the hill. Officers chased the boy, but couldn’t catch him. Kimminau said vehicles involved in the chase reached speeds of up to 40 mph, prompting the sergeant on duty to eventually terminate the chase.

A Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy continued to chase the car after Glenwood Springs police slowed down.

Kimminau said the car theft was just the latest in nearly a dozen vehicle thefts reported in Glenwood Springs during the past nine months. He said 90 percent of the cars had keys in their ignitions with unlocked doors, making it easy for would-be thieves to start them up and drive off.

As a result, Kimminau is warning area residents to avoid leaving their car keys in their cars and to lock their car doors.

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