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Fountain police officer seriously injured in chase with wanted teens

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Posted at 2:10 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 16:10:28-04

FOUNTAIN — Three teens are in custody following a short pursuit that left a Fountain police officer seriously injured early Tuesday morning.

According to the Fountain Police Department, around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Comanche Village Drive and North Santa Fe Ave. because the driver of the vehicle was driving without its headlights on.

As officers approached the vehicle, the driver sped up and maneuvered the vehicle on the shoulder to avoid contact with officers.

According to authorities, the driver then drove towards one of the officers and the officer jumped out of the way to avoid being run over. That's when the officers started chasing the vehicle north on Highway 85.

According to police, the vehicle they were chasing was stolen from Colorado Springs just after midnight.

The vehicle drove over a center median and got two flat tires, but the driver continued to drive towards the Widefield Community Center, where a Colorado State Patrol Trooper disabled the vehicle, according to Fountain police.

That's when three teens, two who are 15-years-old and one who is 14-years-old, jumped from the vehicle and ran from the officers.

With the help of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol, authorities were able to catch the teens and take them into custody.

Fountain police said the driver had three warrants for his arrest and was charged with multiple other felonies. One of the passengers had two warrants and the other passenger is currently on probation.

One police officer suffered serious bodily injuries.