Colorado chase ends in trooper being hospitalized, man arrested

On March 12, police were involved in a car chase that involved three different vehicles and ended with a state trooper being seriously injured. According to reports, a 28-year-old Colorado man who was wanted in a drug case failed to appear in court on March 4, and a warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.

The police chase started after the man allegedly stole an SUV from a gas station. The man drove off in the vehicle even though there was a child inside; the mother had left him in the car while she went inside the gas station. The man went down Interstate 70, where he was spotted by a State Patrol officer.

About a half an hour after the SUV was stolen, the 28-year-old reportedly ditched that vehicle and allegedly carjacked a minivan before driving it down the wrong side of the highway. According to reports, the minivan lost a tire, and the man sideswiped a sedan before allegedly carjacking that vehicle as well. After a crash involving the sedan happened, the man apparently took off on foot. Police eventually arrested him when he was trying to jump a fence.

At some point during the chase, it appears that the 28-year-old ran over a state trooper who was apparently putting down stop sticks. It’s not clear at this point whether that action was intentional or whether the man was trying to avoid the sticks. The trooper is currently in serious condition. No other injuries were reported as a result of the car accidents or alleged carjackings.

It’s unclear what kind of charges the man may be facing as a result of the events of that day; however, it is likely the man may face for assault with a motor vehicle.

It is important to remember than an arrest is not a conviction. Everyone charged with a crime has a right to a fair and unbiased trial. The prosecution must prove a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: ABC, “Colorado carjacking suspect arrested after rush hour chase” Donna Bryson and Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press, Mar. 12, 2014

About Eric Anaya

Criminal Defense Attorney Eric S. AnyaEric Anaya has been practicing criminal law for over a decade. While attending law school, Eric was appointed to the University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents by the Governor of New Mexico. Eric decided to move to Colorado to accept a position in the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office. He prosecuted hundreds of cases in County Court, but quickly was promoted to prosecute felonies. Eric made the conscious decision to change his practice and his life to defending those wrongly accused. Eric has successfully handled hundreds of cases.

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