Police led on chase

Speeds reach 130 mph during pursuit of man through region


A driver who "just didn't want to stop" led police on a high-speed chase from Wyoming to Routt County on Sunday morning.

No one was injured in the chase, which began at about 7:15 a.m. on Wyoming Highway 789. A Wyoming Highway Patrol officer reportedly noticed a 2000 tan Audi traveling 127 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The driver, 48-year-old Jay Peterson of Frisco, did not stop for the trooper and continued south toward Colorado, according the Colorado State Patrol.

A State Patrol trooper tried unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle on Colorado Highway 13 near milepost 100. Peterson headed toward Craig with the trooper in pursuit, passing cars at speeds in excess of 95 mph.

Another trooper joined the pursuit in Craig, where Peterson reportedly ran a stop light and headed east on U.S. Highway 40 toward Steamboat Springs.

Top speeds during the chase were about 130 mph, and Peterson made numerous unsafe passes, forcing vehicles headed west off the road, the State Patrol reported.

Peterson swerved to avoid road spikes set up by the Routt County Sheriff's Office east of Milner near milepost 122.

A second set of spikes was placed by the Steamboat Springs Police Department near U.S. 40 and Routt County Road 42. The spikes flattened his tires, and he came to a stop in front of the Steamboat Campground, just west of Steamboat, at about 8:15 a.m.

Peterson was arrested without incident and was charged with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 felony.

Peterson's license and registration were valid, and the car was not stolen. There was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved, State Patrol Cpl. Brian Bagley said.

"Usually, with these guys, we find some reason. ... That was not the case here," Bagley said. "He just didn't want to stop."

The chase involved six agencies, including the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Craig Police Department and Hayden Police Department.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com


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