Speeding car, bomb threat Monday in Hayden could be connected, police say

As Hayden police officers were trying to track down a speeding driver on Monday, June 13, they ended up receiving a bomb threat against a local business.

At about 2:23 p.m. Monday, a Colorado State Patrol trooper spotted a black Cadillac car with California plates speeding from Craig toward Hayden on U.S. Highway 40 at an estimated 120 mph, according to Hayden Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski.

The vehicle was reportedly passing other cars aggressively and crossing double yellow lines. The CSP officer had to turn around to follow the vehicle, but was unable to catch up, so the speeding car was not pursued beyond that point, Tuliszewski said. 

CSP then notified the Hayden Police Department about the incoming speeder. However, within that timeframe, a bomb threat was made at the local Kum and Go convenience store. 

The bomb threat turned out to be a hoax, but authorities said it could have been an attempt to distract police from the speeding driver.  

The black Cadillac was eventually found empty and parked on the west end of Hayden. The driver could not be located, so the vehicle was towed away and impounded in Moffat County. 

“We’re concerned about it, especially after the fatal (wreck) this weekend,” said Tuliszewski, referring to a car head-on collision on Saturday, June 11, outside of Hayden that killed two people.

The black Cadillac has yet to be claimed, and the case is still under investigation.

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