High-speed chase nets DUI
Driver flees from four local enforcement agencies
July 29, 2001
An attempt to pull over a driver on a reckless driving charge led to an eight minute, high-speed chase through the east side of Craig.
At 6:50 p.m. Friday, a Colorado State Parks patrol attempted to pull over a 1997 red Dodge pickup at mile marker 4 on Moffat County Road 29 (Elkhead Road). The State Parks’ officer activated his lights, but the Dodge truck failed to yield to the officer.
The State Parks’ officer pursued the Dodge southbound on Elkhead Road to U.S. Highway 40, then westbound toward Craig. The pickup obtained speeds of more than 90 mph, and repeatedly passed vehicles on the right, using the shoulder of the highway.
At the intersection of Hwy. 40 and 1st Street, the Colorado State Patrol joined in the pursuit. The chase then continued north on Levkulich Road, turning westbound onto Stock Drive. At this point, the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s’s Department converged on the area to assist in the pursuit.
The pickup crashed into the fence surrounding the Craig UPS facility, but continued south on Washington. A passenger, Joshua D. Miller, 23, jumped from the vehicle, and sustained minor injuries.
He was not charged in the incident.
The truck continued northbound on Levkulich Street and turned onto Stock Drive, heading east. The pickup traveled two-tenths-of-a-mile before running off the left side of the road, and rolling over.
Roland Eugen Leblanc III, 23, was taken into custody, and is presently in the jail at the Moffat County Public Safety Center. Bail has not been set. The State Patrol is recommending Leblanc be charged with vehicular assault, driving under the influence, second degree assault, reckless driving, driving under suspension, hit and run and felony eluding. The charges he will face will be finalized at his arraignment today.