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Man leads police on high-speed chase through Grand County

A 26-year-old Longmont man led Grand County law enforcement on a chase that reached speeds exceeding 100 mph Tuesday morning, police said. No one was hurt during the chase, which lasted longer than 30 minutes and took officers from Fraser to Kremmling. Police clocked suspect Brian Unger's speed at 105 mph at one point. Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson said the chase was abandoned west of Kremmling because it became too dangerous. "At some point you have to think about what you're doing and why you're doing it," Johnson said. Johnson said in a press release that Routt County was notified of the chase at that time. The incident started the morning of May 6 when Boulder Police contacted Grand County Dispatch, stating they believed a person involved in a felony domestic violence incident in Boulder was heading toward Grand County, according to a press release from Fraser/Winter Park Police. Boulder Police also stated the suspect was armed with knives and had been seen drinking antifreeze before fleeing Boulder, according to the 911 dispatch report. Police officers and deputies were parked near Rendezvous Road when Unger passed them in a blue Subaru Impreza traveling at a high rate of speed. Unger refused to stop for law enforcement officers, who were eventually led westbound on U.S. Highway 40 toward Granby. The suspect's vehicle reached speeds of up to 95 mph on Fraser Flats, where he crossed into the opposite lane, forcing other vehicles off of the road. He evaded Stop Sticks at three different locations during the chase. The chase was terminated just outside of Kremmling, and as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Unger's whereabouts were still unknown. Fraser/Winter Park Police and Boulder Police are both seeking warrants for the man's arrest. Fraser/Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor said his department was pursuing charges of vehicular eluding and reckless driving. Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

High speed chase suspect appears in Court

In the early morning hours of May 6, Brian Unger, 26, of Longmont, led Grand County law enforcement officers on a half-hour long high speed chase, according to court documents. Unger was arrested in Boulder County on July 29 after law enforcement officers were called to a domestic disturbance, said Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson. He was arrested for burglary, trespassing and attempted assault in connection with the domestic disturbance, Johnson said. The pursuit of Unger started in Fraser and ended west of Kremmling when law enforcement abandoned the chase because it became too dangerous, the documents indicate. Law enforcement authorities in Routt County were informed of the chase at the time but were also unable to apprehend Unger. During the chase in Grand County, Unger avoided three stop-sticks set out by law enforcement and reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. During his arrest processing officials in Boulder County discovered there was a warrant for Unger in Grand County. Unger bonded out of jail in Boulder County and was given a court date in Grand County. After appearing in court in Grand County this week, Unger was given instruction to go to the Grand County Sheriff's Office for fingerprinting. Unger has been charged with vehicular eluding, a Class 5 Felony, according to court documents.

Police: Teen leads officers on wild chase between Granby, Winter Park

A 17-year-old driving a pickup truck is suspected of leading officers on a high-speed chase from Granby to Winter Park early Sunday morning ” about 20 miles ” in 11 minutes. “He was going in excess of 100 miles per hour,” said Granby Chief of Police Bill Housley. A Grand County Sheriff’s deputy had issued the Hot Sulphur Springs area teenager a citation for allegedly exceeding the speed limit by about 30 mph near Windy Gap just minutes before the chase began, Housley said. The chase started at about 2:24 a.m. Sunday after officers clocked the suspect speeding at two different locations in Granby, Housley said. When officers tried to stop the suspect near City Market, he sped up and attempted to flee, the chief said. Two Granby police units pursued the suspect to Tabernash, where other officers were just beginning to set up “stop sticks” to try and end the chase, said Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor. Stop sticks are designed to puncture and deflate a vehicle’s tires. “He was able to avoid these in the Tabernash area,” Housley said, but he hit a stick near Fraser that deflated two of his tires. Trainor said that took place near County Road 5 before the suspect entered Fraser. But having two flat tires only slowed the suspect down a bit, Housley said. “He was going 50 to 60 miles per hour on the rims” between Fraser and Winter Park, he said. The suspect turned the late model Toyota pickup off U.S. 40 at King’s Crossing, where the Granby officers, assisted by two Fraser-Winter Park Police units, tried to use their cars to block him in. “He (the suspect) hit the back end of one squad, and then he put it in reverse and hit one of our cars,” Housley said. According to the Grand County Dispatch call log, the chase began at 2:24 a.m. and the suspect was in custody some 20 miles away at 2:35 a.m. Trainor said the suspect was alone in the vehicle. Housley said the suspect, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, is likely to face charges that include speeding, reckless driving, eluding, 1st degree assault (for ramming the cars) and possession of handgun. A handgun was in plain sight on the front seat of the pickup, Housley said, adding that it was “very fortunate the gun was not deployed” and no one was hurt during the incident. ” Drew can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19610 or dmunro@skyhidailynews.com.

Springs kidnap suspect claims mental illness

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – A 27-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a woman and two children in Colorado pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to several charges he’s facing in Wyoming following a car chase that ended with police finding the victims safe. Al Demetrius Johnson faces nine misdemeanor charges in Natrona County, including attempting to elude police officers, running through a roadblock, child endangerment and reckless driving. Police in Colorado Springs, Colo., put out an alert Thursday after a witness reported seeing Johnson force a woman into a car. The woman, a 3-week-old baby and an 8-year-old girl were found safe following the high-speed chase Friday near Casper. A judge ordered Johnson to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Platteville officer shoots, kills chase suspect

PLATTEVILLE, Colo. (AP) – A Platteville police officer has shot and killed a car chase suspect. The suspect was shot Wednesday morning and died after being taken to North Colorado Medical Center by helicopter. Neither the suspect nor the officer who shot him has been named. Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez tells the Greeley Tribune that the chase started before dawn when an officer tried to stop a suspicious vehicle. The driver sped off and was shot after the officer pursued him. — Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune, http://greeleytribune.com

Police: Boulder woman stabbed husband to death

BOULDER (AP) – Boulder police say they have arrested a 36-year-old woman suspected of stabbing her husband to death. Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley says Traci Housman called police early Sunday saying her husband needed medical attention because she had stabbed him at their home. Authorities have not released the man’s name. Housman is being held at the Boulder County jail on investigation of second-degree murder. Huntley would not say whether the stabbing happened in self-defense. Huntley says the couple had been out drinking in Boulder Saturday night. She says they had been married for about a year and both had children from previous marriages.

DA: Westminster officers who killed bank robbers were justified

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) – A Denver-area prosecutor says police were justified when they fired more than 100 rounds at a couple gunned down after a bank robbery in November. Adams County District Attorney Don Quick says all the officers pursuing 35-year-old Christian Benshoof and 25-year-old Ashley Johnson were faced with deadly force. Authorities say the two fired at police as they led them on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph. Quick says two Westminster police were hit. Benshoof, who was driving the car, was shot nine times. Johnson, who was in the back seat of the car, was also hit nine times. Authorities say the couple robbed a Westminster bank of $8,400.

3 found dead at Boulder business

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Two men and a woman were found dead at a Boulder business following reports of gunshots Monday.Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said officers responded to a call at about 11 a.m. and found three bodies inside Boulder Stove & Flooring.Police didn’t think there was a suspect on the loose based on evidence at the scene and the fact that officers arrived quickly and didn’t see anyone leaving the building, Huntley said. Officers went door-to-door in the neighborhood.The Boulder County coroner’s office identified the three as Sean Griffin, 40, Staci Griffin, 41, a couple from neighboring Longmont; and Robert Montgomery, 50.The Daily Camera in Boulder said the business is listed in state records as being owned by Pot Belly Inc., which is registered to Sean Griffin. John Grimsley, a subcontractor who said he did business with the store, said Griffin and his wife, Staci, have owned the business for a couple years.Huntley said Monday night that she couldn’t confirm that the Griffins owned the business. She declined to say what Montgomery’s relationship was to the Griffins.It was too soon to tell if the deaths were murder-suicide, Huntley said.Montgomery lived in rural Boulder County.Autopsies were scheduled for Tuesday.Several witnesses who heard shots being fired inside the business were interviewed at the police department.Huntley said no one else was in the building when the shootings occurred.The business sells and installs fireplaces, stoves, tile, hardwood and other flooring.

Police: Man chased by bears takes refuge on truck

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Police say a man was forced to take refuge on top of his truck after being chased by three bears in Colorado Springs. The man wasn’t hurt. KRDO-TV reported that the man called police to report a mother bear and her two cubs had been chasing him Sunday night. Police say he called back a few minutes later to say the bears had run off. Officials say Colorado’s recent warm weather has black bears waking up from hibernation earlier than usual. The Colorado Division of Wildlife said residents had reported seeing a mother bear and two cubs roaming in another part of the city in March. Authorities have been telling people to avoid interaction with bears since conflicts often end with the animals being euthanized or relocated. — Information from: KRDO-TV, http://www.krdo.com/

‘God’s fingerprints were all over her’

Every so often, you come across a person with such palpable vivacity that their smile alone can inspire happiness in others. People with such ebullience light up every room they enter, and their absence leaves an all but impenetrable darkness. To those who knew her, Alycia Riggs was one such person. Her smile, her alacrity and her dedication to her profession were all recurrent themes in the testimonies offered by friends and colleagues during her memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 7. Law enforcement and emergency agencies from across the state, from Jackson County to Alamosa, filled the Kiva Building at Snow Mountain Ranch to pay their respects to Riggs on Saturday afternoon. The exhaustive list of those present was a testimony to the many lives Riggs touched during her lifetime. Riggs, a deputy with the Grand County Sheriff's Office, was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 34 near Coffee Divide while off duty on Feb. 3. Riggs, who was 30, left behind a 3-year-old daughter, Azaylee. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Adam Jennings, who endearingly referred to Riggs as "the Riggulator," first met her seven years ago while working for the Adams State University Police Department. Jennings described Riggs as a spontaneous friend and dedicated police officer. "She was like a sister to us," Jennings said. Attesting to Riggs' tenacity, Jennings recalled watching her chase a fleeing felon on foot, too absorbed in the chase to notice her radio bouncing along the ground behind her. "Riggs was a great cop, a great mother and best of all, she was a best friend," Jennings said. "Without her around, the world feels a little colder, a little darker, and nothing will ever be the same for any of us." Riggs previously worked for the Sterling Police Department and the Adams State University Police Department before joining the Grand County Sheriff's Office in September 2014. During her short tenure with the GCSO, Riggs made an outsize impression on the law enforcement and first responder community in Grand County. Undersheriff Wayne Schafer first met Riggs while working for the Granby Police Department. Riggs was in field training. "What I came to realize is that Riggs had a quality that I've never seen in another individual in my entire life," Schafer said. "She wore the love of her job, her friends and her family openly on her face for everyone to see, no matter the circumstances." Sheriff Brett Schroetlin called her the "premier law enforcement officer. "She had every quality that we were looking for in the Grand County Sheriffs Office," he said. Joel Schults, a chaplin and Riggs's former chief at the Adams State University Police Department, said Riggs was a "peacemaker" and a woman of faith. He described the immeasurable impact her smile and spirit had on those around her. "God's fingerprints were all over her, and she is evidence to you of a loving, creative, intentional, relational creator God," Schults said through tears. During the service Schroetlin announced that Riggs's badge number and her call sign, Grand 18, would be retired in perpetuity to honor her memory. The ceremony closed with a customary final call. Grand County Dispatch's appeal, "Grand 18, Hot Sulphur," echoed through the auditorium's loudspeakers three times. It was an overwhelming moment for many in the audience. "Grand 18, you are 1042, End of Watch," the dispatcher said in closing. "Rest in peace, Alycia Riggs." The Grand County Sheriff's Office has sponsored a fund for Riggs's daughter, Azaylee. Contribution can be made to the Azaylee Parcells Memorial Fund at Grand Mountain Bank.