Thursday, August 25, 2016

High Speed Chase and Fire near Genoa

Two suspects in Custody after lengthy chase, fire and manhunt. 

Investigation continues. 

By Will Bublitz

Two suspects were arrested after leading Lincoln County law enforcement officers on a high speed chase that caused a grass fire near Genoa late Monday afternoon, Aug. 22.

The suspects, a man and a woman, were finally apprehended hiding in a culvert. They are now facing multiple felony charges.

Monday’s incident began around 5 p.m. when Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy Tyler Yowell spotted a Ford F-350 pickup on Interstate 70 that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen in Northglenn over the weekend.

“Deputy Yowell attempted to execute a traffic stop, but the suspects refused to pull over,” Capt. Michael Yowell, Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said. “A high speed pursuit ensued.”

The fleeing Ford F-350 exited I-70 at the Genoa exit and headed north of State Highway 109.

“The suspects’ vehicle continued speeding down the county roads and then across pastures between the town of Genoa and home of Charles and Jessica Hoffman (publishers of The Limon Leader and Eastern Colorado Plainsman),” Yowell said. “During the pursuit, a wildland fire was sparked. We’re 99 percent certain that fire was caused by the suspects’ vehicle.”

As the pursuit continued, law enforcement officers  began converging on the area and cordoned it off. In addition to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the Limon Police, Hugo Marshal’s Office and Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene.

“The Ford F-350 pickup ultimately got high centered and stuck on the railroad tracks a mile west of the Genoa Wonder Tower,” Yowell said. “Because  of the rugged terrain, the officers were not in the immediate area when the pickup came to a stop. The suspects fled the vehicle on foot.”