Former Craig resident facing charges in connection with chase |

Former Craig resident facing charges in connection with chase

Amy Hamilton

Criminal charges are pending against a former Craig man who suffered multiple injuries in a motorcycle wreck over the weekend, Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Scott Gardner said.

Jordan Anthony, 20, is listed in critical but stable condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction after crashing his motorcycle at about 7:30 p.m. July 30 on Dry Hollow Road, south of Silt, the State Patrol reported.

Gardner said Anthony is suspected of leading troopers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 70 before his crash. He faces possible felony charges of reckless endangerment and eluding police in addition to a number of misdemeanor charges, Gardner said. Anthony’s most current address is in Grand Junction, he said.

The State Patrol reported that two motorcycles were clocked at 120 mph at about 7:10 p.m. on the interstate when troopers activated their sirens in an attempt to make a traffic stop. The drivers of the motorcycles picked up their speeds.

Troopers managed to split up the motorcycle riders causing one to exit the interstate and travel west on Colorado Highway 6 where police had a roadblock waiting.

That rider, Clint Knox, 22, of Parachute was stopped west of Silt after troopers used a rolling roadblock. The rider tried to pass between two patrol cars and crashed after he hit the rear end of one of the vehicles, CSP said. The rider was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital but was released that night and then arrested by police. He also faces felony charges. Gardner said police lost sight of the other rider who exceeded 165 mph on the interstate.

Police said they abandoned the chase because the high rate of speed put law enforcement and other motorists in danger.

Gardner said items seized at the site of Anthony’s crash indicate that he is the rider police have been seeking.

Gardner said Anthony’s Suzuki GSXR 750 racing motorcycle matches the description of the one the suspect was riding during the high-speed chase. Clothes found at the scene of the crash also match the description of what the suspect was wearing, Gardner said.

Anthony crashed his motorcycle in a posted 25 mph zone, His motorcycle ran off the left side of the road off a steep embankment as he was trying to round a right-hand turn. Anthony was not taken to the hospital until the next day when a passing motorist heard his cries for help, the State Patrol reported.

He sustained serious injuries, but he was wearing a helmet, Gardner said. Gardner said that Anthony and Knox knew each other.

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