Craig man leads police on 120 mph car chase


A Craig man led police on a high-speed chase east of Craig on Wednesday, hitting speeds of about 120 mph before being arrested, Colorado State Patrol said Thursday.

The State Patrol arrested Duane Dylan Starkey, 22, on charges of vehicular eluding, reckless driving, passing oncoming vehicles, driving without a license and driving with expired registration.

Trooper Jeff Vrbas said he was driving east on U.S. Highway 40 Wednesday afternoon when he saw Starkey, who was driving west on the highway, speeding and passing another vehicle.

Vrbas said he had to pull over onto the shoulder to allow Starkey to go by.

Vrbas said he turned around and tried to catch Starkey.

Vrbas said he turned on his lights and sirens but isn't sure if Starkey, who was driving more than 100 mph and passed at least 20 cars, knew the trooper was there.

Numerous eastbound vehicles had to pull onto the shoulder to allow Starkey to pass, Vrbas said.

Witnesses told Vrbas that Star--key, who was driving a 2003 Lincoln Lancer, hit speeds of about 120 mph and passed numerous vehicles in no-passing zones, Vrbas said.

The chase lasted eight miles before Starkey turned onto First Street and was stopped by Moffat County Sheriff's deputies, Vrbas said.

Starkey denied that he was the person speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he was arrested, Vrbas said.

If convicted of vehicular eluding, a felony, Starkey could spend between two and six years in prison, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern.

Starkey is being held in Moffat County Jail on $5,000 bail.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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