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I-70 chase ends near Floyd Hill

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By Corinne Westeman

A high-speed chase on eastbound Interstate 70 which started in Summit County ended near the bottom of Floyd Hill on Thursday afternoon. No one was injured in the incident.

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According to Colorado State Trooper Gary Cutler, the chase started at 3:35 p.m., Thursday near Frisco in Summit County, when a state trooper attempted to pull over a Jeep reportedly stolen out of Lakewood. The vehicle, however, didn’t stop. CSP tried to stop the vehicle again at the Johnson Memorial Tunnel, but it got through.

When the Jeep crossed into Clear Creek County, the Sheriff’s Office helped with the chase. Stop sticks were used at one point near Idaho Springs, Cutler said, but they were unsuccessful.

CSP picked up the pursuit again as the Jeep closed in on Floyd Hill. Near mile marker 244, the Jeep made contact with a trooper’s vehicle, Cutler said.

“I am unsure how the vehicle stopped,” he said. “I know the patrol car and (the Jeep) made contact, but I don’t know how it happened.”

Once the Jeep stopped, both the driver and the passenger were held at gunpoint. The driver reportedly attempted to flee on foot, but the trooper located and arrested the driver shortly thereafter, Cutler said. While no injuries were reported, an ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

Both the driver and passenger are in custody in Clear Creek County jail. The two are likely to face various charges in multiple counties, he added.

“The investigation is still active, and we have a lot of troopers working on this thing,” Cutler said.