High Speed Chase Suspects Caught After Calling for Help

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The search for two high speed chase suspects has come to and end. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says a 15-year-old girl and a male were taken into custody just before 8:00 p.m.

Four agencies spent hours Saturday afternoon searching for two people involved in a high speed chase and crash.

Early Saturday afternoon, authorities say Garfield County Sheriff's deputies were in pursuit of a jeep that matched the description of a stolen vehicle out of Glenwood Springs.

Deputies followed the jeep westbound on Interstate 70 from Silt to the county line, before calling off the chase. Authorities on scene tell 11 News the vehicle reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

Just after 1:00 p.m., authorities say the suspects lost control of the jeep and flipped over at mile marker 57 near the town of De Beque. They say the two suspects got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

Mesa County and Garfield County Sheriff's deputies attempted to find them. Armed deputies and a Garfield County K-9 Unit scoured the area. They say they initially believed the two were somewhere along the riverbank, but then expanded their search further into the mountains. Bad weather and unsafe conditions forced them to call off the manhunt around 3:00 a.m.

Search efforts resumed Saturday night just after 5:00 p.m. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the female suspect called a relative for help who then called dispatch.

The suspects were found in a remote area off Interstate 70 near De Beque seven hours after they crashed.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the two suspects have mild hypothermia and will be given the medical attention they need.

The Sheriff's Office says the male has been turned over to Garfield County authorities. They're not sure where the girl will be booked. The Sheriff's Office is also trying to decide what charges the two could face.

Stay tuned to 11 News at 10:00p.m. for the latest on this story.


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