Driver in chase faces 9 charges

Police say guns, truck were stolen from same Craig residence

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Glen Alan Shaffer

— The Craig man who led deputies on a 40-mile chase Monday faces nine charges and remains in Routt County Jail on two $50,000 bonds.

Glen Alan Shaffer is charged with motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, illegal possession of a weapon, criminal trespassing, failure to appear, being a fugitive of justice, driving under revocation by a habitual offender, driving under the influence and careless driving.

Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said the 10 guns found inside the truck driven by Shaffer were reported stolen from the same Moffat County house where the truck was stolen.

The chase began Monday afternoon after a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer recognized the truck from a "be on the lookout," or BOLO, bulletin broadcast over police frequencies. The officer attempted to pull over Shaffer near police headquarters at Eighth and Yampa streets, Capt. Joel Rae said, but Shaffer pulled onto Yampa Street, turned right onto Fifth Street, headed over the Fifth Street Bridge and down River Road through the Brooklyn neighborhood. With officers in pursuit, Shaffer turned onto Colorado Highway 131 and then east onto U.S. Highway 40.

According to Klinger and Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott, 11 law enforcement vehicles took part in the chase at various times, including sheriff's office deputies from Routt, Grand and Jackson counties; Colorado State Patrol troopers and Steamboat Springs police officers.

Klinger said chase speeds ranged from 5 to 75 mph. Klinger said Shaffer did not hit any other cars during the chase, but at least two cars took evasive action to avoid Shaffer.

Officers used stop sticks to puncture two of the truck's tires - one front tire and one rear tire - but Shaffer drove on rims for some time before coming to a stop.

When he did stop, near mile marker 172.5 on U.S. 40 in Grand County, deputies ordered Shaffer out of the car at gunpoint, and he gave up without incident, Klinger said.

Inside the truck, deputies found 10 guns, including a loaded .357 magnum and a loaded centerfire rifle. Klinger said Shaffer was seen reaching under his seat during the pursuit, near the area where the handgun was found, but Shaffer was never seen pointing a gun. The rest of the guns were not loaded, Klinger said.

Klinger said deputies also found a small amount of marijuana, three pipes and a number of beer cans.

A warrant was issued for Shaffer on June 22 by a probation officer for an unnamed probation violation, according to records at the Routt County Justice Center. Klinger said Shaffer is thought to have frequently moved between Oak Creek and Craig.

It was not clear Tuesday evening when Shaffer's first court appearance would take place.

Comments

smigs1 5 years, 3 months ago

I hope He never get's out they need to throw the key away . And let him suffer like is makeing my sister suffer.

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blinger 5 years, 3 months ago

Why do you keep bringing up your sister?? leave her out of it.

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smigs1 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh I see Maybe you like beating up women to. like he did or maybe you know this creap but all I have to say I hope they lock him up for good . Oh and by the way My Sister is not right ever since he did this to her and I am glad he did'nt hurt anybody else

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blinger 5 years, 3 months ago

sorry smig don't know him or want to know him. I do not beat up women good try...guys a d-bag end of storie

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Dana Shaffer 9 months ago

Hey Smigs1. Your sister was pretty looney herself, I seen the meds she was on and she provoked it plenty of times the times that I was at their house. Maybe she should of not pushed his buttons or let him use her for the many years that he did. Oh and by the way, if he is such a "woman beater" then why did your sister go back to him afterwards each time. Can you say that's her own fault? And she's never been right, just because you have no one else to blame for her craziness, doesn't mean you can point fingers.

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