High-speed pursuit involving Colorado State Patrol and stolen vehicle ends in Moffat County
Pursuit originally started near Vail when officers from Vail PD spotted a reported stolen vehicle
Colorado State Patrol arrested a female driver and a male passenger Monday around noon following a high-speed pursuit that began near Vail with a report of a stolen vehicle.
Vail officers initiated the pursuit around 7:30 a.m. Monday after locating the stolen vehicle. However, Vail PD discontinued pursuit after the stolen vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed on Interstate 70 and headed west.
Later in the morning, Rifle police officers and Colorado State Patrol troopers were able to locate the same vehicle in Rifle. Troopers attempted to contact the vehicle as it exited milepost 94 on I-70, where it sideswiped an unmarked CSP car and headed north into the town of Rifle. Troopers did not pursue further at that time, according to CDP.
Additionally, the suspects are believed to be part of an attempted carjacking in the town of Rifle prior to continuing northbound on Highway 13.
CSP Troopers in Rio Blanco County spotted the vehicle, a 2002 silver VW Golf, south of Meeker, heading north, later that morning. At the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 64, the vehicle eluded stop sticks and continued north.
The pursuit traveled into Moffat County where Colorado State Patrol and other assisting agencies were able to bring the vehicle to a stop with stop sticks near South Beach in Moffat County, deflating two or three tires near milepost 85 on Highway 13, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.
The vehicle then attempted to go off-road, according to Trooper Lewis, before coming to stop. A male passenger and a female driver were detained.
Patricia Stead-Pacheco, 31, of Denver, was driving the vehicle and was arrested, while 24-year-old passenger Jose Munoz-Jara was also arrested on scene. Munoz-Jara provided a false name to officers and faces additional charges.
The two were booked into Moffat County Jail Monday afternoon.
Previously, officers believed the two suspects may be the same suspects in a recent homicide in Vail, but following their arrests officers determined they were not the same suspects.
The pursuit led to a shelter-in-place order for Moffat County School District Monday.
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