Police ID woman suspected of taking cop car on high-speed I-70 chase

Shelby Figueroa show in her driver license photo, left, and her police booking photo. Police say she stole an officer's SUV and took it on a high-speed chase down I-70 (Clear Creek Police)

Shelby Figueroa show in her driver license photo, left, and her police booking photo. Police say she stole an officer's SUV and took it on a high-speed chase down I-70 (Clear Creek Police)

GEORGETOWN, Colo. – The images of a police SUV wrecked on the side of I-70 after a high-speed chase on Sunday were graphic. The images of the woman police say crashed that vehicle are just as hard to look at.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office identified that woman as Shelby Figueroa Tuesday. The 18-year-old’s injuries displayed in her booking photo appear consistent with someone who was driving 95 mph when she hit a police-set spike strip that caused the police cruiser she had stolen to roll.

Figueroa is being charged with attempted vehicular assault on a peace officer, vehicular eluding, aggravated motor vehicle theft, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, theft and reckless driving.

The police SUV Shelby Figueroa is suspected of stealing and crashing on Sept. 23, 2012.

The police SUV Shelby Figueroa is suspected of stealing and crashing on Sept. 23, 2012.

Officials said the incident began when Figueroa slammed her car into a patrol vehicle after being pulled over at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday. Once she was handcuffed and placed into the vehicle, deputies said she escaped her restraints and took off in the car.

The high-speed chase that ensued saw Figueroa reach speeds of 95 mph going westbound on I-70. She lost control of the vehicle when she hit the spike strip.

Figueroa was treated for her injuries at Summit County Hospital. No deputies or officers were injured during the incident.


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