A 35-year-old man from Edwards is in custody this afternoon and faces a series of charges after reportedly fleeing authorities as they attempted to make a traffic stop on Interstate 70 to investigate involvement of the vehicle in motor vehicle accidents and reckless driving.
At approximately 2:46 p.m., Vail officers were dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident at eastbound I-70 at mile marker 172. Witnesses indicated that a vehicle had hit a guardrail and the male driver was acting erratic. The male driver was reportedly standing on top of the involved vehicle, a 1997 Dodge sedan. When officers arrived, the vehicle was gone.
As officers canvased the area to locate the vehicle, the Vail Public Safety Communications Center began receiving a series of reports from motorists on I-70 that the driver was repeatedly crashing the vehicle and continuing to drive recklessly on the interstate. Callers reported seeing a young girl in the vehicle and one caller reported the driver was possibly armed. Other callers reported seeing the driver throwing items from the vehicle.
At 2:59 p.m., Vail officers spotted the vehicle headed eastbound on I-70 at mile marker 176. After initiating lights and sirens in an attempt to make a traffic stop, the vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed. Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, the Avon Police Department and the Vail Police Department collaborated to create a break in the traffic to allow responding officers to use stop sticks to disable the vehicle. The vehicle was stopped in the median near mile marker 168 where the suspect was taken into custody at 3:10 p.m. without further incident. A child in the vehicle had no obvious injuries and was transported by Eagle County Paramedic Services to Vail Valley Medical Center for evaluation.
The fast lane of eastbound I-70 at mile marker 168 was closed for approximately twenty-five minutes for the investigation. The Vail Police Department is actively investigating the incident.