Speeding Ticket Turns Into Felony Charge

A 22-year-old Parachute man was arrested after leading police on a pursuit with speeds over 100 mph.

What could've been a simple speeding ticket turned into a felony charge for Robert Hoag of Parachute.

Hoag was first spotted Tuesday night around 10:30 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 70 near Palisade, traveling 20 mph over the 75 mph speed limit.

After initial contacts by the Colorado State Patrol failed, Hoag led troopers and his three juvenile passengers on a 50 mile chase through Debeque Canyon.

During the chase, speeds went from 95 to 105 mph and the pursuit eventually led onto Highway 301 in Garfield County, where Hoag's vehicle was disabled by stop sticks that were placed in the road by Parachute police officers.

Hoag's car then wound up in a snow bank= and after a brief foot chase, he and his three passengers were apprehended.

No one was hurt during the pursuit, which troopers say went perfectly.

"The trooper acted exactly how we're trained. the traffic conditions helped but speeds up to 105 miles per hour can be difficult and the trooper handled himself very well," Sergeant Martin Petrik said.

Hoag now faces several charges, including vehicular eluding and because his passengers asked him to stop during the chase, Hoag is also facing three charges of false imprisonment and one count of child abuse because one of the passengers was 14-years-old.