UPDATED: Police arrest 2 after pursuit shuts down Highway 40 between Parshall and Kremmling

Hallaran and Davis

A high-speed pursuit on U.S. Highway 40 that involved multiple law enforcement agencies ended at around 9 a.m. Thursday morning near Kremmling with two suspects in custody.

At around 7 a.m. Nov. 29, local law enforcement officials received reports that a box truck was recently stolen in the Steamboat Springs area, according to Grand County EMS Chief Ray Jennings. Officials from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Routt County Sheriff’s Office, and Kremmling Police began coordinating in an effort to locate the stolen box truck. Grand County EMS was also called out to provide support.

Shortly after the initial report, authorities received additional reports that the truck was stopped in Jackson County on the side of Highway 14 — which travels between Muddy Pass and Walden — as individuals moved materials from the box truck into another vehicle. The suspects left that location and were reported to be traveling west, back towards Steamboat Springs, according to authorities.

Not long thereafter a deputy from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office spotted the second vehicle traveling east on Highway 40. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, prompting attempts from the suspects to flee.

A high-speed pursuit was then initiated involving multiple local agencies.

According to local officials the pursuit was initiated around mile marker 165 north of Kremmling. The law enforcement pursuit of the suspects continued for roughly 23 miles passing Wolford Mountain Reservoir and through the town of Kremmling before the chase ended.

Authorities successfully deployed stop sticks during the chase on multiple occasions, eventually deflating three of the four tires on the suspects’ vehicle.

The pursuit ended at mile marker 188 on Highway 40, roughly three miles east of Kremmling and about one mile west of Grand County Road 2.

According to law enforcement officials after the suspects passed through the town of Kremmling the driver of the vehicle slowed down to just a few miles per hour and dove out of the still moving vehicle before attempting to flee further on foot. The passenger of the vehicle then took control of the automobile and attempted to flee from authorities for a brief period before the chase was terminated. The initiation of the foot pursuit prompted a brief closure of Highway 40 between Kremmling and Parshall.

A K-9 unit from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist with the foot pursuit.

One suspect was taken into custody on the side of Highway 40 at the suspect vehicle while the second was apprehended a short while later near the banks of the Colorado River.

Authorities released the names of the two suspects Thursday afternoon. The initial driver of the vehicle who later attempted to flee on foot has been identified as Kyle Joseph Hallaran, 29, of Johnstown. The second suspect has been identified as Justin James Davis, 28, of Loveland. A full list of charges the two suspect will face were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.

Jennings confirmed that no officers or suspects were injured during the incident.

A significant amount of stolen property was recovered from the suspects’ vehicle, according to officials from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

The official charges facing the two suspects were not immediately available Thursday morning. Officials noted that charges were likely pending in both Routt and Grand counties and that officials from Jackson County were processing the location on Highway 14.


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