ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. – Investigators have learned the man they arrested following Saturday’s high-speed chase through eastern Colorado is 30-year-old Samuel Aguirre-Vasquez, a deported felon who uses several aliases.
He has been placed on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold pending the outcome of the charges he now faces in Colorado.
Aguirre-Vasquez was apprehended following a nearly 80 mile high-speed chase that began in Lincoln County and ended near the interchange of westbound I-70 and E-470 early Saturday afternoon.
Investigators say Aguirre-Vasquez fled Wheeler, Texas, on July 7 following a domestic violence incident. He had been on the run for the past week.
Dispatchers started receiving numerous calls reporting an aggressive driver on westbound I-70 in Kit Carson County. Callers reported the driver was “cutting them off, weaving from lane to lane at excessive speeds and throwing beer bottles from his vehicle,” according to the Colorado State Patrol.
A Lincoln County Deputy spotted the suspect’s vehicle, but when the driver saw the deputy he crossed the median and travelled eastbound for a short time before crossing the median again and continuing westbound on I-70, at times reaching speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Near Deer Trail, the suspect passed another vehicle, clipping its side mirror.
Twice Adams County Sheriff’s deputies tried to disable the vehicle by setting up “stop sticks,” but each attempt failed.
“At one point during the pursuit, the suspect tossed a beer bottle out of the car hitting the Deputies vehicle,” according to the CSP.
Just West of Airpark Road, the suspect passed vehicles on the right shoulder and collided with an unoccupied parked vehicle.
The suspect vehicle then sideswiped a westbound vehicle, causing it to go of the North side of the Interstate and roll.
The two occupants of that vehicle sustained minor injuries and were later transported to University Hospital.
The suspect vehicle was forced to stop after running over “stop sticks,” which blew two tires.
The suspect was taken into custody at gunpoint, and then transported to University Hospital with minor injuries and for a blood draw.
Aguirre-Vasquez did not have positive identification on him and refused to identify himself. He was initially identified by the alias Miguel Vasquez-Lugan, a 32-year-old man from Wheeler, Texas.
The vehicle he was driving is owned by a construction company and when Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office contacted the owner, it was discovered that he did not realize the truck was gone but recognized Vasquez-Lugan as the name of the suspect and as an employee of his.