Fleeing Driver Causes Crash


A driver refusing to stop for a Colorado State Patrol trooper Wednesday morning slams into a car at 29 and Patterson Roads. The crash sends three people to a local hospital.

Initial reports are that a trooper tried to make a traffic stop after an aircraft reported a Geo Tracker speeding on I-70B. The driver refused to stop, turning north on 30 Road. Other troopers also joined to make the stop.

At Patterson Road the vehicle, driven by 31-year-old Ezequiel Esparza-Treto, turned west, suddenly doing a u-turn in the road near 28 1/2 Road. As the small SUV approached 29 Road the car slammed into a Toyota passenger car, driven by 29-year-old Elaine Koons, sending both vehicles spinning. Esparza-Treto and his passenger, 22-year-old Jessica Martinez-McNear, were transported to the hospital, as was Koons.

Koons and Martinez-McNear remain in serious condition, however, Eaparza-Treto was released Wednesday afternoon and was then booked into the Mesa County Jail on unrelated arrest warrants.

The Grand Junction Police Department's Technical Investigations Team is conducting a study of the incident. Spokesperson Linda Bowman says at this time it's not known why the driver refused to stop for the trooper, but she says the driver was not thought to be the owner of the vehicle involved in the incident.

We will have more information on this story as it develops.


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