Yampa man arrested after high-speed pursuit in South Routt County
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A 35-year-old Yampa man was arrested Wednesday following a high-speed chase with police in South Routt County that started after the man allegedly drove his pickup into an occupied Routt County Sheriff’s Office vehicle and pushed it 6 feet.
The chase on Routt County Road 25 ended after the man drove his pickup into a creek and tried to evade police by climbing a nearby mountain.
Ian Johnstone Moreau was booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of felony vehicular eluding, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident started around 10:38 a.m. when Moreau pulled his Toyota Tundra up to the front of a Routt County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle that was parked at the intersection of Main and East Second streets in the town of Yampa.
“His vehicle’s front bumper touched my front bumper and (he) began accelerating, moving my vehicle six feet,” the deputy wrote in the affidavit. “Moreau backed up and then left the scene in an unknown direction.”
Deputies say Moreau was later located in Oak Creek at the Select Super grocery store.
Police say they learned from one of Moreau’s family members he “had been drinking alcoholic beverages through the morning.”
When Moreau was contacted in the parking lot in Oak Creek, police said he drove off and continued driving through Oak Creek “without regard for traffic control signals.”
Deputies say Moreau drove on R.C. Road 25 at high speeds, almost going off the road several times as police pursued him.
The arrest affidavit said Moreau eventually drove his vehicle off the road and down an embankment, coming to a stop in a creek.
“Moreau left the vehicle and attempted to climb the mountain on the other side,” deputies wrote in their report. “As he tried to climb, he was given commands but continued to climb.”
Deputies eventually caught up to Moreau and took him into custody.
Police reported finding open alcohol containers in the vehicle.
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