EAGLE COUNTY — Two teenagers in a reported stolen vehicle sent authorities on a high-speed chase spanning multiple Colorado counties Thursday, according to Colorado State Patrol.
Troopers said they were pursuing a Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 17-year-old boy that was traveling eastbound on I-70 at 120 mph around 7:24 p.m.
The driver and passenger, 17-year-old girl, attempted to escape troopersas they sped off eastbound down I-70 in Eagle County, gathering speed up to 140mph, according to a release. Tire deflation devices were deployed, but the Jetta was able to dodge them. Troopers and Vail Police disengaged contact at this point.
About 25 minutes later, the Jetta was reported to be seen at a rest stop near Vail where law enforcement attempted to contain the vehicle. The female passenger surrendered, but the driver took off road onto a bike path, striking a CSP vehicle. The trooper reported no injuries.
The vehicle was later reported on a 911 call from a driver in Trout Creek Road, claiming to have seen a vehicle with its lights off passing him on the right should at high speeds.
At about 9 p.m., Park County deputies observed the vehicle on Highway 24, clocking 138 mph. They begin a pursuit but were miles behind the Jetta.
About 10 minutes later, deputies saw the vehicle at Wilkerson Pass and were made aware the Jetta was involved in a single-car crash. The teen driver had fled the scene on foot. A multi-agency search was conducted throughout the night, resulting in the arrest of the suspect when they found him at 5 a.m. Friday.
No law enforcement officers were injured and the vehicle was reported to be stolen out of Los Angeles, California. The male suspect is facing multiple charges.