Two arrested after high-speed chase through Larimer, Weld counties

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Two people were arrested after leading deputies on a high-speed chase that reached nearly 100 mph through Larimer and Weld counties early Saturday morning, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Larimer County deputy pulled over a vehicle with suspected fake license plates along the Front Road shortly after it left an Econo Lodge in Fort Collins about 1 a.m.

The deputy spoke with the adult female driver and a male passenger. When the deputy asked the driver to get out of the vehicle, she provided false information, the sheriff’s office said.

Instead, the driver took off on the Frontage Road, crossing over the median and getting into the southbound lanes of Interstate 25.

Deputies pursued the vehicle, which hit speeds of 95 mph in an attempt to elude law enforcement. It went east onto Highway 34 into Weld County, then west again on Highway 34 toward Loveland.

The suspects were seen throwing items — believed to be narcotics — from the vehicle during the chase, the sheriff’s office said.

The vehicle struck a spike strip and the tires deflated as it turned into the Promenade Shops at Centerra. A deputy used his vehicle to force the suspects to come to a stop in the Barnes & Noble parking lot.

Jessica Lynn Padilla, 30, and Gilbert Padilla, 40, were arrested and booked into the Larimer County Jail on several felony charges.

Fort Collins police, Loveland police, the Colorado State Patrol and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

No officers were injured, but three Larimer sheriff’s vehicles suffered damage.


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