Driver arrested in road rage shooting near Vail
VAIL — Two people are in custody following a violent road rage shooting incident on eastbound Interstate 70 on Tuesday.
At 8:49 a.m., the driver of a blue 2004 BMW 325i contacted the Vail Public Safety Communications Center to report he was actively involved in an ongoing road rage incident with the driver of a 2007 white Mitsubishi Outlander. A records search confirmed the Mitsubishi had been reported stolen in New Mexico. The incident reportedly began earlier in Glenwood Canyon and escalated in Vail when one driver displayed and fired a handgun. Both drivers continued eastbound on Interstate 70 over Vail Pass.
Colorado State Patrol provided assistance and stopped the involved vehicles near the Frisco Main Street exit. The Frisco Police Department, Silverthorne Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene. No injuries were reported and the offenders were taken into custody without incident.
The driver of the stolen Mitsubishi, 29-year-old Manuel Jose Serrano-Lerma of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested for an active felony warrant. He faces multiple felony charges, including attempted first degree homicide, attempted aggravated assault in the first degree, menacing use of a deadly weapon, aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a defaced firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm by previous offender.
The passenger of the Mitsubishi, 21-yearold Chelsey Jacobs of Albuquerque, was arrested for an active felony warrant. She is also facing additional felony charges: criminal impersonation and aggravated motor vehicle theft.
Charges for the driver of the BMW are pending.
Vail Police Sgt. Luke Causey urges drivers to steer clear of aggressive drivers and focus on their own responsibility to drive safely. “Back off from aggressive drivers,” Causey said. “You can’t control their actions, but you can control your own.”
Vail Police investigators continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Vail Police Department at 970-479-2201.
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