High-speed chase through Winter Park involved stolen vehicle
September 22, 2008
On Monday morning, shortly after midnight, Fraser-Winter Park Police Officer Sean Curran was dispatched to the Safeway parking lot in Fraser in reference to a stolen vehicle complaint.
Officer Curran responded to the Safeway and spoke with a local Grand County resident, who reported that his 2003 Mercury sedan had been stolen sometime within the past couple of hours from the Safeway parking lot.
While Officer Curran was speaking with the vehicle owner, the owner saw his vehicle pull out of a nearby business complex and drive eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 toward Winter Park.
Officer Curran was able to catch up with the vehicle and tried to pull it over near the entrance to the Rendezvous subdivision.
Instead of pulling over, the driver stepped on the gas.
Officer Curran and Officer Roy Ybarra pursued the vehicle through Winter Park and toward the summit of Berthoud Pass. The suspect continued driving eastbound at a high rate of speed and in an unsafe manner.
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On Highway 40, near milepost 239, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go off the roadway onto the dirt shoulder, sliding sideways and rolling two times up a dirt embankment.
No police vehicles or other motorists were involved in the accident.
The driver and sole occupant, a male juvenile, attempted to exit the vehicle and flee on foot, but was caught and arrested by officers Curran and Ybarra without further incident.
This juvenile was a local Grand County resident. However, based on his age no further information will be released.
The juvenile sustained minor abrasions from the accident and was evaluated by Grand County EMS and then transported to the Granby Medical Clinic pending parental notification.
The juvenile is being held at the Grand County Sheriff’s Office pending a juvenile detention hearing later.