Married couple arrested after wild chase along I-70


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DENVER — A pair of suspects who led police on a wild chase that closed a section of westbound Interstate 70 are finally in custody after multiple escape attempts.

The chase bean around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a suspect in an SUV, identified as 22-year-old Michael Hutchins, flashed a gun at another driver, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said. That driver called police, giving information about the SUV and a sedan that also appeared to be involved. The sedan was later found to be driven by 22-year-old Sierra Hutchins, wife of Michael Hutchins.

When police tried to stop the suspects, a chase ensued. The male suspect began throwing items from his vehicle at patrol cars in an attempt to slow them down, police said.

At the Morrison exit, the sedan slammed into one of the patrol cars. Police responded with a PIT maneuver, pinning the sedan against a guardrail. But the SUV pulled up alongside the wreck and the female suspect managed to clamber out of her car and into the SUV through an open window.

The chase was on again, with the suspects still pelting police with objects from inside their own vehicle.

The SUV exited I-70 at the Lookout Mountain exit, where it soon became stuck in the snow in a residential driveway. The suspects fled on foot but were caught after a short chase. Both were transported to the hospital after reporting minor injuries. While at the hospital, Michael Hutchins attempted to escape again but was stopped by a deputy, police reported.

Michael Hutchins was booked into the Jefferson County Jail for felony menacing, felony eluding and attempted escape. Sierra Hutchins was booked for second degree assault of a peace officer and felony eluding.

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