Police: Suspect arrested after speeding wildly across Grand County
As Floyd Price raced to meet his injured wife at a Denver hospital on Nov. 23, authorities said he ignored repeated warnings not to violate traffic laws and sped wildly from Grand Lake to Granby to Berthoud Pass.
The wife, Pennie Price of San Antonio, Texas, was airlifted from Idleglen parking lot with non-life-threatening injuries on Wednesday, Nov. 23, following a snowmobile accident on the Grand Lake trails system. According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Pennie Price approached a corner of the trail and hit the throttle of her snowmobile instead of the brake, catapulting her off the trail and causing the snowmobile to roll over.
Grand County EMS arrived on the scene, and later Price was airlifted by North Colorado Med Evac helicopter to a Denver hospital.
According to a prepared statement by the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department, the incident unfolded as follows:
• At 4:40 p.m. Grand County Dispatch received a telephone call from Floyd Price, also of San Antonio, who said he would be speeding to Denver to be with his wife. The dispatcher advised Price that he could not break any traffic laws and that had an obligation to drive safely.
• Minutes later dispatch received a report about a black SUV with Texas license plates driving recklessly on Village Drive in Granby. Shortly thereafter, another report came in about the same vehicle driving faster than 65 mph and passing vehicles in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 40 in Tabernash, forcing westbound vehicles to brake and move to the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision.
• At about 4:53 p.m., an officer from the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department observed Price driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 into the town of Winter Park. The vehicle was observed traveling at an estimated 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, in the westbound lane. The vehicle cut off another eastbound vehicle to re-enter the eastbound lane, and proceeded through downtown Winter Park after passing another vehicle on the east-bound shoulder. The officer tried to stop the suspect vehicle by using his car’s lights and siren, but Price accelerated, weaving in and out of both the eastbound lane and center median and cutting off vehicles.
• After driving through downtown Winter Park, Price accelerated to 90 mph while talking on his cell phone to dispatch, stating he was not going to stop for the officers. Minutes later, a Granby police officer called Price on his cell phone and told him if he did not stop, spike strips would be deployed to stop the vehicle in Clear Creek County.
• Winter Park Police officers then found the SUV stopped after the first switchback at the bottom of the west side of Berthoud Pass. Price initially refused to get out of his vehicle and was verbally abusive to police officers. He told them they would have to shoot him, but he subsequently was taken into custody without further incident. At the time, it was determined there were four teenagers in the car.
“As the children were getting out of the vehicle, one child asked the officer, ‘What took you so long?'” said Winter Park-Fraser Police Chief Glen Trainor during a phone interview this week.
Price, 39, was transported to the Grand County Jail and charged with vehicular eluding, reckless driving, and obstructing police, according to the police statement. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released on Nov. 24.
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