Man arrested after Sunday high-speed pursuit near Tabernash facing slew of charges, had outstanding warrants
A high-speed pursuit in eastern Grand County, which reached speeds in excess of 80 mph, ended early Sunday evening with a Brighton man in custody facing a litany of charges.
Jared Macias, 29, of Brighton was arrested and charged with multiple offenses including vehicular eluding creating a risk of injury, eluding, DUI, three counts of driving on a revoked driver’s license, reckless driving, speeding 25 to 39 mph over the speed limit, driving without a valid Colorado driver’s license, passing on left in an unsafe manner and attempting to pass or passing on the right shoulder or right lane of traffic.
At about 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening, a Grand County sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a green 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck for driving 81 mph in a 65 mph zone. The pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 40 near milepost 223 when authorities first attempted to stop the vehicle.
According to officials from the sheriff’s office, the deputy followed the truck for roughly one mile while flashing his lights before Macias turned onto County Road 83 just east of the train overpass east of Tabernash. Officials said the vehicle slowed but made no signs of pulling over.
Authorities initiated a pursuit of the vehicle and called for backup from other local police agencies. Shortly after turning onto County Road 83, which leads to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, the truck turned around and headed back towards Highway 40. A deputy in pursuit of the pickup believed the vehicle was pulling over and began to terminate the pursuit, officials said.
Lt. Dan Mayer with the sheriff’s office said the deputy got out of his vehicle and stood in the road while calling for the driver of the pickup to stop. Macias continued back toward Highway 40, however, and, according to Mayer, forced the deputy to jump back into his truck as he passed his patrol vehicle. The pursuit then continued.
Officers from the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department then arrived on County Road 83 and deployed stop sticks, on two separate occasions, in an effort to end the pursuit. Officials said the pickup managed to avoid both stop sticks by driving onto the road’s shoulder.
Macias then entered back onto Highway 40 and continued westbound through Tabernash up to mile post 220 near the western end of County Road 5. Macias then pulled onto County Road 5 and continued traveling southeast toward the neighborhoods in and around Pole Creek Golf Course.
The pickup eventually turned onto County Road 519. Authorities set up a roadblock near the junction of County Road 519 and County Road 5, but Macias managed to elude officials through residential roads for a brief period. When the suspect returned to County Road 5 from County Road 519, an officer from Fraser-Winter Park again deployed a stop stick, which was successful in puncturing the pickup’s front driver’s side tire. The pickup came to a stop a short while later on County Road 5.
Macias was then ordered out of the pickup and was taken into custody. According to Mayer, Macias was cooperative with authorities.
Macias was transported to the Grand County Courthouse for temporary holding before being moved to the Routt County Jail, due to ongoing construction work on the sheriff’s office building.
Macias had three outstanding warrants, according to officials, including a felony warrant out of Jefferson County for fraud or making false statements to authorities, a misdemeanor contempt of court warrant from the Denver Marshall’s Office and a non-extraditable warrant out of Arizona. He was scheduled for arraignment Monday at the Grand County Courthouse.
A second male was also in the vehicle at the time of the incident. The man was briefly taken into custody, but was later released and no charges have been filed against him.
No injuries were reported from the incident Sunday evening, which ended roughly 30 minutes after the pursuit was initiated. According to Mayer, no property other than the pickup’s tire was damaged during the pursuit.
Responding agencies included the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Fraser-Winter Park Police, Granby Police and Colorado State Patrol.
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