Aggravated Robbery Suspect Has History of Traffic Violations

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Tuesday afternoon, Grand Junction police arrested 19-year-old James Michael Lane of Lakewood for allegedly robbing a gas station and then leading authorities on a dangerous high speed chase. But this wasn't the first time Lane had led authorities on a chase.

11 News pulled Lane's records from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which showed Lane was charged with felony eluding twice in 2006.

Police say just before 1pm, a female clerk at the Bradley Sinclair gas station at the intersection of 29 Road and North Avenue was walking out of the convenience store, when Lane pointed what was thought to be a handgun at her and demanded money.

"He robbed an employee at that gas station and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash," said Grand Junction Police Sgt. Gary Marak.

Minutes later, authorities were able to track him down in his red Pontiac Bonneville near Clifton. When they tried to pull him over, he took off and led them on a high speed chase around Grand Junction.

Authorities say he led police officers, sheriff's deputies, and state troopers on a wild chase that lasted around thirty minutes. The chase took them through city streets, Interstate 70, and neighborhoods, which worried authorities.

"We trying to get it set up to where we can get some stop sticks out on this cat," an officer said over the scanner. "But there's no way we can get ahead of him in time."

It was reported that Lane was driving nearly 100 miles per hour at one point. Police, however, are still investigating and have not said how fast he was going for sure.

Authorities eventually cornered him on 26 1/2 Road. After realizing he was trapped, police say Lane got out of his car and ran on foot. Police caught him shortly after.

Police say when they arrested him they recovered the money he stole and a pellet gun, not a handgun like it was initially thought.

Lane is being charged with aggrevated robbery, felony menacing, and felony eluding.


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