Trooper: Teen tried to run cars off road

Chase ends after 30 miles, speeds top 90mph

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Vehicles littered the sides of U.S. Highway 40 west of Craig on Saturday afternoon after police say a Moffat County teenager driving a stolen truck ran them off the road during a high-speed chase.

The Colorado State Patrol reported Monday that the 16-year-old boy, whose name is not being released because of his age, tried to run a trooper off the road and rear-ended another vehicle before being arrested.

The chase reached speeds of more than 90 mph and lasted more than 30 miles, according to the State Patrol.

Deputy District Attorney Andy Heyl said he expects to charge the teen with five felonies this week, including first-degree assault on a peace officer, two counts of felony menacing, felony vehicular eluding and aggravated auto theft.

Heyl said additional charges could be filed.

The chase started in Craig at about 3 p.m. Saturday when police received a call that a 1986 Ford F-150 had been taken without the owner's permission, according to a statement from the State Patrol.

Craig police officer Marvin Cameron spotted the vehicle headed southbound on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig, according to the statement.

Cameron tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop and ran numerous red lights in Craig, according to the statement.

Cameron pursued the vehicle on U.S. 40 to Lay before the State Patrol took over, said Lt. John Forgay, a spokesman for the Craig Police Department.

Trooper Marty Smith said he tried to get his car in front of the truck in an effort to slow the driver down.

But when he tried to pass the truck, Smith said the driver tried to run him off the road.

"I think I irritated him," Smith said.

After Smith tried to pass the truck, the driver tried to hit every other car on the road, Smith said.

The driver of the truck rear-ended another vehicle while traveling about 60 mph, Smith said.

"Fortunately, the car that he ran into managed to maintain control," Smith said.

The chase ended northwest of Maybell on Colorado Highway 318 when the driver of the truck drove off the road and into a pasture, according to the statement from the State Patrol.

Smith said the driver was taken to Moffat County Jail.

The State Patrol is asking anyone who was forced off the road during Saturday's chase to contact Trooper Kirk Gardner at 824-6501.

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