Suspect caught after chase; school lockdown lifted

3:14 PM, Nov 19, 2008   |    comments
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The Colorado State Patrol says the chase began when one of its fixed-wing speed-enforcement planes clocked a stolen car on Interstate 70 traveling at 106 mph.

Troopers say they attempted to pull over the vehicle, but it eluded them in a chase.

"We attempted to stop the vehicle, it decided to run eastbound on Colfax into Lakewood," said Trooper Brett Mattson, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol. "We actually terminated our pursuit a short time later due to the excessive speeds."

At that point, the speed-enforcement plane continued to monitor the location of the suspect from the air.

According to authorities, the suspect dumped the stolen vehicle at 34th and Tennyson, and briefly escaped on foot.

Authorities eventually caught up with the suspect at 38th and Newton, where an arrest was made.

An official with Denver Arts and Technology Academy, located at 3752 Tennyson Street in Denver, confirmed the school was on lockdown because of the chase. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Troopers say the suspect could face charges of car theft, felony eluding and speeding.

"We're happy to say that due to the use of the aircraft and the fact that we weren't closely pursuing the violator, there were no injuries as a result of the pursuit," said Mattson.

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