3 men face felony charges following high-speed pursuit, jail assault, bike theft
December 4, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Three men face felony charges following a series of unrelated arrests over the weekend, one of which involved a Routt County Sheriff’s Office jail deputy being assaulted.
Casey Baverstock, 44, was arrested Friday night as a result of an incident that occurred Thursday. He has been charged with two counts of vehicular eluding, misdemeanor false reporting to authorities, two counts of reckless driving, speeding and for failure to report an accident or return to the scene.
On Thursday, Steamboat Springs police tried to pull over Baverstock for speeding on South Lincoln Avenue.
According to an arrest affidavit, Baverstock sped away from police reaching speeds estimated at 70 mph in a 45-mph zone.
Steamboat police have policies related to high-speed pursuits and public safety, and police decided to not continue pursuing Baverstock.
Later in the day, police again tried to pull over the car they suspected Baverstock was driving.
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The car sped through the Dream Island Mobile Home Park at an estimated 50 mph, and police again decided not to continue the pursuit.
Witnesses told police they saw the car go airborne off a hill. Police found it crashed in a ditch, but the driver was not there.
A woman ran toward the accident scene and told police she saw a man stumbling around the trailers. Police could not immediately find him.
On Friday, Baverstock reported to police that his car had been stolen, and he had no idea what happened to it.
He claimed he had left his car unlocked with the keys inside.
Assault at the jail
On Friday morning at the Routt County Jail, an inmate helped a deputy detain another inmate.
Keak Taing, 47, faces charges of felony second-degree assault on a peace officer and misdemeanor attempting to escape.
According to an arrest affidavit, Taing pushed a laundry cart toward a deputy and then tried to leave his housing area.
The deputy told Taing to return to the housing area, and a struggle ensued, according to the affidavit. The deputy was scratched on her wrist.
Another inmate grabbed Taing’s arms and helped the deputy detain Taing.
When deputies asked Taing about his behavior, he responded by saying, “I’m not supposed to be here,” according to the affidavit.
Also on Friday, police arrested a man who was suspected of stealing a $3,100 mountain bike from a Steamboat woman.
Steven Fletcher, 51, faces a felony charge of theft.
On Thursday, the woman reported to police her bike was stolen from the sidewalk in front of her workplace in downtown Steamboat.
The next day police contacted Fletcher riding the suspected stolen Trek mountain bike near Marketplace Plaza, according to his arrest affidavit.
Fletcher, who lives underneath the Mount Werner Road bridge crossing over the Yampa River, told police a friend allowed him to borrow it.
Police arrested Fletcher and returned the bike to the owner.