Driver in chase faces 9 charges
Police say guns, truck were stolen from same Craig residence
Steamboat Springs — The Craig man who led deputies on a 40-mile chase Monday faces nine charges and remains in Routt County Jail on two $50,000 bonds.
Glen Alan Shaffer is charged with motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, illegal possession of a weapon, criminal trespassing, failure to appear, being a fugitive of justice, driving under revocation by a habitual offender, driving under the influence and careless driving.
Routt County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Klinger said the 10 guns found inside the truck driven by Shaffer were reported stolen from the same Moffat County house where the truck was stolen.
The chase began Monday afternoon after a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer recognized the truck from a “be on the lookout,” or BOLO, bulletin broadcast over police frequencies. The officer attempted to pull over Shaffer near police headquarters at Eighth and Yampa streets, Capt. Joel Rae said, but Shaffer pulled onto Yampa Street, turned right onto Fifth Street, headed over the Fifth Street Bridge and down River Road through the Brooklyn neighborhood. With officers in pursuit, Shaffer turned onto Colorado Highway 131 and then east onto U.S. Highway 40.
According to Klinger and Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott, 11 law enforcement vehicles took part in the chase at various times, including sheriff’s office deputies from Routt, Grand and Jackson counties; Colorado State Patrol troopers and Steamboat Springs police officers.
Klinger said chase speeds ranged from 5 to 75 mph. Klinger said Shaffer did not hit any other cars during the chase, but at least two cars took evasive action to avoid Shaffer.
Officers used stop sticks to puncture two of the truck’s tires – one front tire and one rear tire – but Shaffer drove on rims for some time before coming to a stop.
When he did stop, near mile marker 172.5 on U.S. 40 in Grand County, deputies ordered Shaffer out of the car at gunpoint, and he gave up without incident, Klinger said.
Inside the truck, deputies found 10 guns, including a loaded .357 magnum and a loaded centerfire rifle. Klinger said Shaffer was seen reaching under his seat during the pursuit, near the area where the handgun was found, but Shaffer was never seen pointing a gun. The rest of the guns were not loaded, Klinger said.
Klinger said deputies also found a small amount of marijuana, three pipes and a number of beer cans.
A warrant was issued for Shaffer on June 22 by a probation officer for an unnamed probation violation, according to records at the Routt County Justice Center. Klinger said Shaffer is thought to have frequently moved between Oak Creek and Craig.
It was not clear Tuesday evening when Shaffer’s first court appearance would take place.
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