Man eludes police, arrested


A 28-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after eluding Steamboat Springs police officers between Ski Time Square and downtown, reportedly driving at speeds nearing 100 mph.

About 1:30 a.m., a police officer reportedly noticed a car, driven by 28-year-old Henry Russell Savage, weaving through Ski Time Square. When the officer tried to stop Savage, he continued driving toward Walton Creek Road, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

From Walton Creek Road, Savage turned right onto U.S. Highway 40 heading west. An eastbound officer reportedly clocked Savage at 97 mph heading toward downtown.

The officer lost sight of the vehicle, but found it a few seconds later unoccupied in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. After calling a tow truck for the vehicle, the officer reportedly saw Savage, whom he suspected was the driver, walking on a nearby sidewalk, Rae said.

Savage, who has a Texas driver's license but is living in Steamboat Springs, confessed to driving the vehicle, Rae said.

Savage was arrested on charges of felony vehicular eluding, speeding, failure to signal, not having valid registration and on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He refused a chemical test for blood alcohol.

Savage was released from Routt County Jail on Tuesday on $2,000 bond.


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