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Routt County and Grand County sheriff's office deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers search a vehicle driven by Craig resident Glen Alan Shaffer. Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said Shaffer had multiple arrest warrants out of Routt and Moffat counties and was in possession of 10 firearms when arrested.
Updated July 6, 2009 at 10:51 p.m.
Steamboat Springs A 50-year-old Craig man is in custody at Routt County Jail after leading authorities on a 30-mile chase Monday evening.
Glen Alan Shaffer faces a bevy of charges ranging from multiple counts of motor vehicle theft to prohibited use of a weapon, eluding and alcohol-related offenses, Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said. He also has an outstanding warrant related to domestic violence charges.
The pursuit began after Steamboat Springs Police Department officers tried to pull over Shaffer near Fifth and Yampa streets. Officers observed him drinking a beer while driving, and he was behind the wheel of a black pickup reported stolen out of Craig, Klinger said.
Shaffer led officers on a pursuit eastbound on River Road to Colorado Highway 131, where Shaffer turned north toward Steamboat Springs. Shaffer then turned east onto U.S. Highway 40 and headed up Rabbit Ears Pass with Routt County Sheriff's Office, Steamboat Springs Police Department and Colorado State Patrol troopers in pursuit.
Pursuing officers reported that Shaffer was weaving, reaching under his seat, and driving between 50 and 75 mph.
As the chase headed up Rabbit Ears Pass, officers deployed stop sticks at two locations to puncture the tires of the stolen pickup. Shaffer continued to elude officers, even as the truck's tires shredded from the puncture wounds and he was left to drive on its rims.
At times, Shaffer drove into oncoming lanes of traffic, but there were no reports of any accidents or injuries as a result of the pursuit. As he continued east on U.S. 40 into Grand County, Shaffer and the pickup slowed until it eventually came to a stop near mile marker 171. Officers arrested Shaffer without further incident.
Klinger said officers found 10 firearms in the pickup, including a loaded .357 magnum and a loaded high-powered rifle, both on the front seat. The other guns were an assortment of rifles and shotguns, Klinger said.
A Jackson County Sheriff's Office drug dog uncovered a small amount of marijuana from the pickup, Klinger said. The Grand County Sheriff's Office also responded to the incident.
Shaffer's Routt County rap sheet includes a September 2008 arrest on suspicion of third-degree assault, menacing and harassment; an August 2002 arrest on suspicion of theft and being a fugitive of justice; and a June 2002 arrest on suspicion of theft and disorderly conduct. The disposition of those cases wasn't immediately available Monday night. He also was arrested in Moffat County in March 2006 on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and possession of marijuana. He was booked into Moffat County Jail in September 2004 on suspicion of violating a restraining order.