UPDATED: Police obtain warrant for sole suspect in Kremmling high-speed pursuit
Law enforcement officials have obtained the necessary warrant to arrest a man in Kremmling following Monday afternoon’s high-speed pursuit that prompted schools to enter a lockout.
The pursuit began before 4 p.m. Monday after a Grand County sheriff’s sergeant attempted to stop a man in his vehicle that was traveling at high speeds, according to the sheriff’s office. The man initially stopped then sped away on Highway 40, pursued by two deputies.
Lt. Dan Mayer of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office told Sky-Hi News that the man fled to the property of Timber Resources on Highway 40 and County Road 22. He then intentionally, according to the sheriff’s office, crashed into a sheriff’s vehicle nearly head-on. The man then led authorities on a high-speed pursuit, which deputies attempted to end by deploying stop sticks on the highway. The sticks managed to deflate at least one of the man’s tires.
The pursuit ended at the Rayner’s Trailer Park off 12th Avenue in Kremmling after he exited his vehicle and ran into one of the residences inside the trailer park. He refused to come out of the home.
Mayer said no injuries were reported.
A man who was said to be the suspect’s roommate ran and hid under a neighboring porch and was taken into custody by police, according to Mayer. But authorities don’t believe he is tied to the present situation.
Authorities remain staged outside the home until late Monday night, as officers attempted to obtain the necessary warrants to enter the home and arrest the man. With legal limitation being met, according to the sheriff’s office, the scene was cleared at around 11 p.m.
No arrest has yet been made.
According to West Grand Superintendent Darrin Peppard, the district received a call from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office instructing the school to implement additional safety precautions late Monday afternoon.
“We received a call from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office … telling us to secure our building,” Peppard said at about 4:25 p.m. “We have been in lockout since.”
Peppard said he was able to view some of the law enforcement activity from the building he was in and that the activity appeared to be occurring in the blocks located between West Grand High School and West Grand Elementary and Middle School.
Students were released just before 5 p.m., with school officials saying no students should be walking on Jackson or trying to enter the trailer home court.
Lance Maggart contributed to this report.
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