DENVER (CBS4) – Police say they have arrested a driver who crashed her car after a dramatic chase on Interstate 70 that also included another vehicle.
At 9:40 a.m., Silverthorne police put out report on a stolen BMW. A trooper with the Colorado State Patrol spotted the vehicle near Idaho Springs and Dumont on I-70 and a high-speed chase ensued. A second vehicle — a Chevy Impala — also got involved in the chase and tried to help the driver of the BMW, according to authorities.
“The Impala passed (the trooper), pulled in front of him and was driving erratically, weaving across the road, apparently trying to prevent him from contacting that BMW,” Sgt. Mike Baker with the Colorado State Patrol said.
Police called off the pursuit about 10 a.m. when it started leading into the Denver metro area. The Impala crashed at Denver West Boulevard near the I-70 exit and the female driver ran into a nearby building.
One witness told CBS4 they evacuated their building, the Cole Center, which is located right near the crash, and that someone saw the woman “huffing and puffing” as she ran inside and reportedly pulled a fire alarm.
She was located by authorities soon afterwards and was placed in an ambulance wearing handcuffs. It’s not clear how badly the driver was hurt in the crash. Police said the Impala she was driving was reportedly stolen out of Texas.
“Obviously that’s under further investigation as to what the relationship is between the two vehicles and two drivers is,” Baker said.
The woman driver gave a fake name to police. They’re working to find her real identity and she’s facing a long list of charges for the stolen car and the chase.
Officials with the CSP said they are still looking for the stolen BMW. They said it is a 5-series silver BMW with the license plate 233-YLH. It was stolen from the Silverthorne area.