One arrested, none injured in high-speed chase on I-70
VAIL — A 35-year-old man from Edwards was in custody Wednesday evening facing a series of charges after reportedly fleeing authorities as they attempted to make a traffic stop on Interstate 70 to investigate involvement of the vehicle in motor vehicle accidents and reckless driving.
At about 2:46 p.m., Vail officers were dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident on eastbound I-70 at mile marker 172. Witnesses indicated that a vehicle hit a guardrail and the male driver was acting erratic. The driver was reportedly standing on top of the vehicle, a 1997 Dodge sedan. When officers arrived, the vehicle was gone.
As officers canvassed the area to locate the vehicle, Vail dispatch began receiving a series of reports from motorists on I-70 that the driver was repeatedly crashing the vehicle and continuing to drive recklessly on the interstate. Callers reported seeing a young girl in the vehicle and one caller reported the driver was possibly armed. Other callers reported seeing the driver throwing items from the vehicle.
At 2:59 p.m., Vail officers spotted the vehicle headed eastbound on I-70 at mile marker 176. The police used lights and sirens in an attempt to make a traffic stop, but the vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the Avon Police Department and the Vail Police Department collaborated to create a break in the traffic to allow responding officers to use stop sticks to disable the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped in the median near mile marker 168, where the suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody at 3:10 p.m. A child in the vehicle had no obvious injuries and was transported by Eagle County Paramedic Services to Vail Valley Medical Center for evaluation.
The fast lane of eastbound I-70 at mile marker 168 was closed for approximately 25 minutes for the investigation. The Vail Police Department is actively investigating the incident.