West Slope: Trucker accused of running cars off I-70
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” A man who allegedly tried to run vehicles off Interstate 70 with his tractor-trailer rig Tuesday afternoon and didn’t pull over for almost 30 miles was arrested by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Christopher Brostek, 44, of DeLand, Fla., was arrested on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving and vehicular eluding after authorities popped one of his tires, forcing him to pull over.
An arrest affidavit says at 3:47 p.m. someone reported a red tractor trailer with silver writing on the door “ran several vehicles off of the road” near Silt. A Sheriff’s sergeant spotted the suspected vehicle west of Rifle driving onto the shoulder of the highway, the affidavit says, then swerving into the left lane, causing a passing vehicle to drive into the highway median.
The sergeant reportedly tried to pull the semitrailer over but it didn’t stop. Another deputy joined the pursuit and reported that the truck was going 75 mph and was running several vehicles off of the road. The pursuit crossed into Mesa County.
At about 4:25 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol used “stop sticks” on the semitrailer and one of its tires began to deflate. The tractor trailer left the highway at mile marker 47, just before Palisade.
The affidavit says Brostek told authorities he only had two beers at lunch. He declined a voluntary roadside sobriety test and said he wanted to refuse further testing, the affidavit says.
He allegedly told authorities he saw law enforcement vehicles behind him but thought they were looking for an accident. He said he drove the speed limit, stayed in the slow lane and was not trying to run away. A female passenger was taken to a detox facility.
State Patrol Capt. Rich Duran said a stop stick is basically a triangular device with spikes that can be thrown across the road to puncture tires. They’re carried in every patrol car.
“Normally, we don’t have very many reckless drivers driving semi-trucks or tractor trailers down the interstate,” he said.
But in the past 10 years in an area covering primarily Eagle and Garfield counties, he recalls two incidents of a tractor trailer engaged in reckless driving and eluding.
It was unclear Wednesday who the semitrailer belongs to or if it was being used for work.
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