ORCHARD MESA, Colo. (KKCO) – A domestic violence suspect’s wild ride ends in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.
Noah Godward, 39, is held in the Mesa County Jail on a $10,000 bond after he leads deputies on a high speed chase through Orchard Mesa.
Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies received a report of a man carrying a knife while chasing a van, according to an arrest affidavit. Witnesses say a van and a Dodge Neon were involved in an altercation.
On his way to the scene, Deputy Justin Bynum says he spotted a purple Dodge Neon heading south on 32 Road, so he began following the car.
As the vehicle turned west onto B ½ Road, Bynum saw the male driver (Godward) reach over and punch a woman sitting in the passenger seat three times. The deputy immediately turned on his lights in an attempt to pull the Neon over, but the driver veered onto 30 ½ Road and hit the gas.
By this time, two sheriff’s vehicles were in pursuit. Bynum says the snow got deeper as Godward sped through a field near 30 ½ Road, so he was forced to back off in his two-wheel drive vehicle.
However, not even the four-wheel drive sheriff’s vehicle could keep up with the quick Neon, and both deputies lost track of the suspect.
Not long after, Godward and the woman were seen fighting outside the car at 3040 C Road. According to the affidavit, Godward tried to pull the woman back into the car, but when she resisted, he drove away without her down the driveway.
But the deputies were waiting for him. As he tried to swerve around one of the sheriff’s marked vehicles, the deputy rammed his front bumper into the Neon, forcing it to stop.
Godward was taken out of the vehicle and arrested.
At that point, the woman who had been in the Neon walked down the driveway, bleeding from her face and screaming hysterically, “He wouldn’t stop!” She said Godward tried to get away because he stated he didn’t want to go back to jail.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, where her wounds were treated.
Godward now faces charged of vehicular eluding, domestic violence, third degree assault, first degree kidnapping, reckless endangerment, invalid registration, no proof of insurance, and driving a motor vehicle on a suspended license.