Deputies talk man down from 100-foot power tower following chase

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Suspect climbed this power tower in Larimer County. July 10, 2012

Suspect climbed this power tower in Larimer County. July 10, 2012

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A man who was wanted in connection with a domestic dispute led police on a high speed chase Tuesday, and then he tried to escape on foot by climbing to the top of a 100-foot tall power tower. That’s according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies went to a home in the 12400 block of North County Rd. 17 just before 10 am. where a woman involved in the dispute told them her boyfriend left and she believed he was driving under the influence of drugs.

At noon, deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle. They say he sped away and the chase ended when one of the deputies used his patrol car in a maneuver that stopped the suspect’s car. Speeds reportedly reached 70 mph during the chase.

The man from Fort Collins ran away on foot and he climbed a power tower in the area of North County Rd. 15 and West County Rd. 82 at about 12:30 p.m. The tower owned by the Western Area Power Authority is west of the Rawhide generation station.

“Deputies immediately contacted the power authorities who shut down the power to that area and rerouted power to prevent any power outages,” says Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Schulz.

“Negotiators with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office were finally able to convince the man to come down at approximately 3:00 p.m. (Tuesday) afternoon. He was immediately transferred to the hospital for evaluation where he was admitted,” Schulz says.

The man’s name was not released pending the filing of charges.

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