High-speed chase ends when car rolls down embankment

Craig man reaches 90 mph in pursuit



Thong Van Truong

— A 46-year-old Craig man led Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a car chase that reached 90 mph on the west end of Steamboat Springs on Sunday evening, ending when the man drove off a 50-foot embankment and rolled his vehicle.

Thong Van Tru­­ong was conscious and breathing when deputies got to him at the bottom of the embankment, near the railroad tracks near mile marker 115 on U.S. Highway 40.

After treatment, deputies booked Truong on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular eluding, careless driving, failure to use a turn signal and speeding 20 to 24 miles per hour over the speed limit.

West Routt Fire Protection Chief Bryan Rickman said Truong was not wearing a seatbelt, but his airbags did deploy and he was not thrown from the car. Truong got out of the car by himself, and medical crews took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center with moderate but not life-threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner said deputies initially were called to a report of Truong failing to yield near mile marker 126 on U.S. 40. According to dispatch logs, the call came in after 7 p.m. He then was eastbound, headed for Steamboat. When he reached city limits, he reportedly turned around and headed back toward Hayden. Hayden Police Department officers were prepared to use spike sticks to puncture his tires if he got near town, Baumgartner said, but he drove off the road first.

Truong was released Sunday on a $750 bond. His next hearing is Aug. 24 at 8:30 a.m. in Routt County Court.


kathy foos 6 years, 9 months ago

750 bond is bad,this fellow endangered our officers,,,,,,,,the public..............come on,he is sitting at home this morning?Shame.


Brian Kotowski 6 years, 9 months ago

I got caught in that bottleneck Sunday night, after it happened. 90mph thru that canyon at dusk? Mr. Truong barley avoided becoming a Darwin Award winner. He looks young enough, though, that there's still plenty of time.


John Fielding 6 years, 9 months ago


I agree that his actions created a danger that is not adequately reflected in the bond amount. Maybe the nature of the charges would not all a higher bond. I am surprised that reckless endangerment was not among the offenses listed.



cntrygirl 6 years, 9 months ago

I missed my court date for a dog at large ticket for my 4 month old puppy & i had a $2000 bond. My pup was at the end of our driveway when he was picked up.


Scott Wedel 6 years, 9 months ago

cntrygirl, And that should be a lesson to you. The court system does not really care about the original charge, but missing a court date is it's own offense and often a far more serious offense than the original charge. I've seen a bench warrant issued for a person's arrest due to missing a few court dates for walking his dog without a leash.

Missing court dates is seen by the judicial system as a threat to the administration of the justice system. It is sort of hard to run a justice system if people are not showing up in court. So judges often have no reservations in being harsh on those that fail to show up.

In the case of the dog without a leash, the judge even noted that the guy could easily spend a night or two in jail because of the bench warrant. Because the big issue now was not the original charge, but failing to show up to court.


bandmama 6 years, 9 months ago

Let's see if this is pulled. TWEEEEECK!!!!!!!!!!!! Like the first time.


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