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Deputy shoots suspect along I-70

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Traffic backup on westbound I-70. Jan. 31, 2014

Traffic backup on westbound I-70. Jan. 31, 2014

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — Westbound I-70 was closed Friday night just before the Empire exit because of “police activity.”

A press release from the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office says there was a police chase and officer involved shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a suspected DUI driver along I-70 before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. The release says the driver would not stop and hit a vehicle in front of him, and then kept hitting the car as if trying to push it out of the way.

One deputy shot the driver according to the release.

Westbound traffic was backed up for miles. CDOT said delays were lasting up to two hours.  The interstate was reopened around 10 p.m.

1 Comment

  • Robert Gift

    Thank you, deputy, for stopping the drunk driver from possibly injuring or killing someone.

    Horrible traffic delay.
    We burned 1/4 tank stop and crawl from west Idaho Springs to Georgetown.
    As volunteer blood couriers we arrived too late to deliver to one facility so were instructed to take the blood to another.
    I should sue the driver for our fuel wasted.

    11:30 p.m. – during our return to Denver we noticed a solid line of traffic heading westbound, presumably skiers who knew to wait until WB I-70 was opened rather than be stuck in traffic.

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