Routt County A man is in custody with minor injuries after leading the Colorado State Patrol on a high-speed chase Friday south of Steamboat Springs.
State Patrol Trooper Rick Kaspar said he initiated a traffic stop late Friday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40. Kaspar said as he attempted to pull over a vehicle headed eastbound up Rabbit Ears Pass, the driver of the vehicle slowed down, moved to the right side of the road then suddenly flipped a U-turn and sped back down the pass. Kaspar pursued the vehicle, which turned left onto southbound Colorado Highway 131. Kaspar said he lost sight of the vehicle at mile marker 64 on Colo. 131, when Kaspar was traveling 103 miles per hour.
Kaspar estimated the suspect's speed at 120 mph.
Kaspar caught up with the vehicle as it turned left on Routt County Road 14, toward Yellow Jacket Pass and Stagecoach Reservoir. On the first sharp curve of the road, the driver lost control of the vehicle, which rolled into a field. Kaspar said the driver kicked out the rear passenger window of the vehicle and exited the vehicle. Kaspar pulled out his weapon and detained the driver until the arrival of Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies.
The driver of the vehicle was transported to Yampa Valley Medical Center complaining of a headache and minor injuries, including a cut to his forehead. The man's identity has not been released.
"The driver had the odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage on his breath, and told me, 'I am drunk,'" Kaspar said.
Kaspar said the driver will be charged with felony eluding and reckless driving. The accident remains under investigation. No other cars, individuals or property were involved.