Steamboat Springs A reported road rage incident at Tamarack Drive and Hilltop Parkway resulted in the arrests of two 20-year-olds from Steamboat Springs early Sunday morning after they led police on a short car chase.
The pursuit started after Nathan Patrick Zabel and his girlfriend Sherae Allen Campbell reportedly were arguing and pushing each other in the roadway near the black Chevy Cavalier they had gotten out of at Hilltop Parkway and Tamarack Drive.
Steamboat Police Sgt. Scott Middleton said a passerby called 911 around 6:30 a.m. to report that Zabel and a man who had honked at the couple as he tried to drive around them were fighting in the street. The man, who was not identified or contacted by police, fled after the confrontation, and Campbell got in the driver seat of the Cavalier and drove away with Zabel, who spit on the 911 caller’s car as they passed.
After a short pursuit along Hilltop parkway that ended near Falling Water Lane, officers arrested Campbell on suspicion of vehicular eluding, a felony, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, passing where prohibited, no proof of insurance, and driving with an instructional permit.
Officers arrested Zabel on suspicion of disorderly conduct and theft after Campbell’s mother called police after the arrest claiming Zabel had stolen a $100 bill from her.
Zabel and Campbell were booked in the Routt County Jail.
Police officer Evan Driscoll, who responded to the report of road rage, said Zabel and Campbell’s initial argument in the street reportedly was caused by Zabel’s theft of Campbell’s mother’s money. The incident is still under investigation.