Police chase ends without arrest | VailDaily.com

Police chase ends without arrest

Veronica Whitney

DOTSERO ” Dozens of police and sheriff’s deputies from Eagle and Garfield counties were still searching Thursday afternoon for a man who stole a car in Arizona and ran away from police in Glenwood Springs.

The pursuit began at about 9 a.m. when Glenwood Springs police tried to stop the driver of a Mazda van stolen in Arizona, said Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Bill Kimminau.

The driver fled on Interstate 70 eastbound with Glenwood Springs police in pursuit. The driver exited the freeway in Dotsero and drove up Colorado River Road, where he abandoned the car in an empty lot and escaped.

“We tried to catch him on foot, but never found him,” Kimminau said. “We didn’t find anything suspicious inside the car.”

The search also involved helicopters from the National Guard’s High Altitude Training Site based at Eagle County airport and a Special Operation Unit from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Dressed in camouflage suits and carrying rifles, members of the unit helped canvass the area.

“The unit was getting ready to do training and we needed manpower to look in the woods so they went,” said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com.

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