Police chase ends in arrest
Steamboat Springs — A early morning, high-speed chase through Routt County ended on a grassy hill in Milner, where Colorado State Patrol troopers and other local law enforcement officers arrested the 30-year-old driver and his passenger.
Cory Patrick Winston of Grand Junction was taken into custody early Thursday morning by Colorado State Patrol Trooper Kirk Gardner.
Winston’s passenger, Levi Van Pelt, 25, of Grand Junction also was arrested.
Gardner said the chase began shortly after midnight Wednesday when he attempted to pull over Winston, who was driving a 1988 Subaru station wagon.
Gardner said Winston was weaving across lanes of traffic on U.S. Highway 40 about one mile west of Hayden.
Winston pulled over onto the shoulder, and Gardner approached the vehicle on foot. It was then that Winston sped off, leading Gardner and other officers, including Hayden police officer Darin Falk, on a high-speed chase through Hayden east on U.S. 40. Gardner said the chase reached speeds of about 85 mph.
Trooper Rick Kaspar was alerted to the incident and set up a “stop stick” across U.S. 40 just west of Milner, Gardner said.
Winston drove over the stop stick, which punctured one of his car’s tires. Gardner said Winston then turned in to the Milner Trailer Park but was forced to stop at the end of the dead-end road.
Winston jumped out of his car and fled on foot, Gardner said. He ran about 40 yards up a hill but slipped on the wet grass.
“Once he fell down on the ground, he threw his hands up in the air and gave up,” Gardner said.
Van Pelt remained in the Subaru and was taken into custody without incident, Gardner said.
Both men are being held in Routt County Jail pending multiple felony charges, Gardner said, adding that drugs and alcohol are suspected to be contributing factors in the incident. Gardner said more information would be available today.
After being involved in just a couple of pursuits during his first four years in Northwest Colorado, Gardner said Thursday’s chase was his third in the past month.
“It’s been happening a lot more lately,” he said
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