Arrests in Road Rage Shooting Incident on Interstate 70
Two people are in custody following a violent road rage shooting incident on eastbound Interstate 70 on Tuesday, March 31. At approximately 8:49 a.m., the driver of a blue 2004 BMW 325i contacted the Vail Public Safety Communications Center to report he was actively involved in an ongoing road rage incident with the driver of a 2007 white Mitsubishi Outlander. The incident reportedly began earlier in Glenwood Canyon and escalated in the Town of Vail near the chain up area when one driver displayed and discharged a handgun. Both drivers continued eastbound on Interstate 70 over Vail Pass.
Colorado State Patrol provided assistance and stopped the involved vehicles near the Frisco Main Street exit. The Frisco Police Department, Silverthorne Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene. A records search confirmed the Mitsubishi had been reported stolen in New Mexico. No injuries were reported and the offenders were taken into custody without incident.
The driver of the stolen Mitsubishi, 29-year-old Manuel Jose Serrano-Lerma of Albuquerque, N.M., was arrested for an active felony warrant. He is charged with multiple felonies including: Attempted First Degree Homicide, Attempted Aggravated Assault in the First Degree, Menacing Use of a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by Previous Offender.*
The passenger of the Mitsubishi, 21-year-old Chelsey Jacobs of Albuquerque, N.M., was arrested for an active felony warrant. She is also charged with additional felonies: Criminal Impersonation and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.*
Vail Police Sgt. Luke Causey urges drivers to steer clear of aggressive drivers and focus on their own responsibility to drive safely. “Back off from aggressive drivers,” says Causey. “You can’t control their actions, but you can control your own.”
Vail Police investigators continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information regarding this incident, or any contact with the offenders, is asked to contact the Vail Police Department at 970-479-2201.
*All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until the contrary is approved in a court of law.