JEFFERSON COUNTY — A report of a stolen BMW from Silverthorne led to a high-speed chase along Interstate 70 in Summit County Tuesday morning and resulted in a car crash, troopers said.
The Colorado State Patrol received a report that a silver BMW 5 series sedan was stolen around 9 a.m., said spokesman Sgt. Mike Baker.
A trooper saw the BMW and began pursuing it in the Dumont area. As the trooper chased the BMW along I-70, speeds reached around 110 miles per hour, Baker said.
During the chase a silver Chevrolet Impala that had been following the BMW passed the trooper and “pulled in front of him and began driving erratically,” Baker said.
The Impala apparently was “trying to prevent [the trooper] from contacting the BMW,” he said.
“After pursuing the Chevrolet for approximately seven miles, Troopers ended the pursuit due to an increasing danger to public safety,” Baker said.
Shortly after troopers ended the pursuit, the Impala exited I-70 at Denver West Boulevard, still traveling at extremely high speeds. The driver lost control of the Impala while entering the boulevard, vaulting off the raised center median and across the oncoming traffic lanes before colliding with a fence, Baker said.
The driver of the Impala ran away from the scene, but was arrested at a nearby building, Baker said.
She was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. Baker said she faces charges of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, vehicular eluding, and possession of burglary tools–all felonies. Other charges include reckless driving, driving while under FRA suspension, false reporting, obstruction of a peace officer, and possession of stolen license plates.
Investigators are still trying to figure out how the Impala crashed.
The BMW is still missing. Baker said it has a Colorado license plate of 233-YLH. Anyone who sees this vehicle should call the Colorado State Patrol’s Denver communication center at 303-239-4501.
Baker added the Impala was also stolen out of Texas and had a Kentucky license plate.
The exact relationship between the driver of the Impala and the BMW driver is still being determined, Baker said.