Feb 7, 2011 8:23 AM by Andy Koen

Ex-girlfriend of chase suspect tried to run him over

We are learning new information about a murder suspect that lead authorities on a high speed chase along Interstate 25 from Pueblo to Midway late Sunday. Richard Roever, 50, is wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant for murder, and a warrant out of Pueblo County for escape.

It turns out his ex-girlfriend, Joyce Colangelo, was charged with attempted first degree murder and vehicular assault for running his motorcycle off the road back in June of 2009. Witnesses at the time said she then tried to back over him, but was stopped by bystanders.

Court documents revealed that Colangelo pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide-DUI and was sentenced to 3 years of probation. The attempted murder charge was dismissed.

On Sunday evening, Pueblo Police officers went to look for Roever at a home on the east side after receiving an anonymous tip. When they arrived, they say Roever charged at them with his car. One officer fired once to try and stop him.

The chase reached speeds of over 90 miles per hour along I-25. Authorities found his 1995 green Ford Explorer wrecked in a ditch. They searched the area with police dogs and thermal imaging equipment but haven't been able to find Roever.

The police say Roever has relatives in the Midway area. They issued a reverse 911 call to residents there telling them to stay inside. They also search vehicles leaving the area.

Members of the Pueblo Police Department, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, Fountain Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol were all involved in the search for Roever. He is believed to be dangerous. It is not known if he is armed.

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