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Police apprehend woman after high-speed chase through Winter Park, Fraser

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the identity of the woman Fraser Winter Park police arrested on Wednesday.

Officers with the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department have apprehended a woman who engaged them in a high-speed chase through Fraser after she was stopped for not having a license plate.

At 6:05 p.m., a Fraser-Winter Park police officer pulled the woman over and asked her to identify herself. She refused and then fled the scene in her vehicle. Police initiated a pursuit that began near the Winter Park post office and went eastbound past Winter Park Resort on U.S. Highway 40 at 80 mph. Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor said the woman whipped her car around near Lakota Drive and headed back toward the town of Winter Park, “not driving recklessly, doing a fairly reasonable speed.”

The car Danielle Barton, of Denver, used to lead Fraser Winter Park police on a chase through both towns and past Winter Park Ski Resort. Police say she drove into these willows and sprinted across the meadow in front of her.
Fraser Winter Park Police/Courtesy Photo

Once outside of Fraser, however, she started to speed up again, said Trainor. The police had set up “Stop Sticks,” triangle-shaped sticks filled with hollow nails, at County Road 5 and thought she had evaded them. They later discovered they had flattened one tire, before the woman pulled over just past the Fraser water treatment plant and fled on foot toward Devil’s Thumb Resort.

“You couldn’t see the car in the willows,” said Trainor. “A passerby told us she was running through the meadow.”

Police apprehended her and took her to the Grand County Jail, where they identified her by running the car’s VIN number and associating her with a previous incident.

On Thursday Chief Trainor revealed the woman’s identity as Danielle Barton, 33, of Denver.

Barton is currently being held in the Grand County Jail on a $5,000 bond for nine counts related to the car chase.



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