Speeding car on US 40 ends up at hospital
June 25, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A 28-year-old man from Iowa was found in the emergency room at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Saturday after he sped into Steamboat Springs at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The man, who was registered as a missing person in his home state of Iowa, was first seen driving about 40 miles per hour over the speed limit at mile marker 143 of U.S. Highway 40 by a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy at 9:21 a.m.
The deputy tried to pull the man over but saw no brake lights or indication that he was going to stop. The deputy lost the car because of its speed, and another deputy saw it at about mile marker 137.
Cpl. Mark Mackey said it is Sheriff's Office policy to not engage in high-speed pursuits unless there is an extreme danger to others in the situation.
No injuries or damage resulted from the incident.
The second deputy lost the car, a black Pontiac sedan, at Walton Creek Road and U.S. 40, when it was still going about 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.
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"He was going at a pretty good clip going into town," Mackey said.
Colorado State Patrol and the Steamboat Springs Police Department also were called to the incident, and police eventually found the car at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Mackey said he didn't think anything was physically wrong with the man, but officials said they think mental illness could be involved.
Law enforcement released the man on summonses for four charges: reckless endangerment, reckless driving, attempting to elude a police officer and speeding.
Mackey said that those charges can be arrestable offenses but that officers decided to release him with summonses after he was evaluated.
Law enforcement is investigating the incident.