Hit And Run Leads To Pursuit

By: Allison Banzhof Email
By: Allison Banzhof Email

The Rangely Police Department notified the Colorado State Patrol and requested their help in pursuit of the suspect vehicle. Colorado State Patrol Troopers engaged in the pursuit on Colorado 139 at mile marker 14 where they set up tire deflation devices.

The devices did deflate the front two tires of the Geo Storm, but that did not end the pursuit; which had entered into Mesa County. The State Patrol then attempted a tactical vehicle intervention technique. It took three tries using the tactical vehicle intervention techniques before the pursuit came to an end.

The driver, Bryan Pulling, and a passenger, Christopher Salenga, both of Rangely were taken into custody without incident. Pulling was booked into the Rio Blanco County Jail and is facing numerous charges, including hit and run, DUI and attempted murder on a peace officer. Charges against the passenger were pending as of early Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the pursuit and the victim in the original pedestrian crash reportedly suffered only minor injuries.

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