El Jebel cop chase ends with Taser zap
EL JEBEL, Colorado ” A 17-year-old boy lost a foot race with a cop Tuesday morning in El Jebel, Colorado when he was zapped with a Taser while running alongside Highway 82.
The juvenile was being sought by Eagle County Deputy Sheriff Jake Best on a warrant for failure to appear in Pitkin County Court on charges of possessing and consuming alcohol, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly.
Best spotted the juvenile near a bus stop at Badger Street in the Blue Lake subdivision at 9:46 a.m. “That’s when the juvenile took off on foot,” Cordingly said.
The boy, whose name wasn’t released, ducked between houses heading east. Best pursued on foot. “It was quite a chase,” Cordingly said.
Best doesn’t normally work in the Roaring Fork Valley portion of Eagle County but was assigned to duty there on Tuesday. That was unfortunate for the lad because Best doesn’t fit the stereo type of a doughnut-inhaling policeman. “It just worked out that we had a deputy there that is in really good shape,” Cordingly said.
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The boy dashed down Rabbit Road and made his way out of the subdivision toward Highway 82. Nine minutes into the chase, Best used the Taser when the boy refused voice commands to stop, Cordingly said. There was an erroneous report to authorities that the boy was hit by a vehicle. Best made sure the boy was in a safe position before subduing him, Cordingly said.
“The juvenile going down was strictly by Taser, not from being hit by a car,” she said.
An ambulance was called to check the boy’s medical condition, per department policy when a Taser is used. The boy was taken to an area hospital and released, then taken to the Eagle County jail. The boy was then taken to Mountain View, a juvenile facility in Denver, because the jail isn’t set up to hold juveniles. It wasn’t clear when the boy will be brought back to the Roaring Fork Valley to face charges.
Cordingly said the youth had an “extensive” history of prior infractions.