Woman arrested after short car chase and crash west of downtown Steamboat

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— A Steamboat Springs woman was arrested Sunday morning after she crashed her vehicle following a short chase on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown.

Undersheriff Ray Birch said multiple drivers called authorities at about 10:46 a.m. to a report that a driver of a white Chevrolet Blazer was driving erratically and passing in no-pass zones as she drove east on the highway towards downtown.

A Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy then clocked the vehicle going 59 mph in a 40 mph zone near Riverside Drive and then attempted to pull her over.

Birch said Leigh Gretchen Erceg, 44, didn’t yield to the deputy who was following her with emergency lights and sirens on.

Erceg then attempted to pass another vehicle using the center turn lane but lost control and hit a car that also was traveling east, Birch said.

The three occupants of the other car, who were on their way to the Winter Carnival Diamond Hitch Parade, weren’t injured.

After the crash, Erceg was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, reckless driving, speeding and illegal passing.

Birch said there was no indication that Erceg was under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the time of the crash, and law enforcement don’t know why she was driving so erratically.

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