CSP, Local Agencies Involved in High Speed Pursuit on 287

Colorado State PatrolOn Monday, July 23, 2012 at approximately 6:29 pm, Colorado State Patrol Communications Center received a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a possible kidnapping suspect believed to be in south east Colorado.  The suspect was also an escapee out of the Colorado Department of Corrections.  The description given was a blue Ford truck with a Denver Broncos logo or tribal decal on the tailgate.

A Campo Police Department Officer located the vehicle on Colorado 287 at milepost 30 (Springfield, CO).  When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, reaching speeds over 100 mph.  Approximately twelve miles north of Springfield in Baca County, a Trooper deployed a Stop Stick®, a tire deflating device, puncturing two of the tires.  The driver continued to flee on the flat tires.  Approximately fifteen miles south of Lamar, in Prowers County, a Prowers County Deputy deployed a Stop Stick®, puncturing two tires.  The driver still continued to flee on the flat tires.

Approximately six miles south of Lamar, a Trooper utilized the Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI), which brought the pursuit to an end.

The driver, Jason Leinweber, 38, Colorado Springs was taken into custody without further incident.  The victim, a 38 year old female from Colorado Springs, was not hurt during the pursuit.

No Troopers or Deputies were injured and the CSP vehicle sustained minimal damage from the TVI maneuver.

Agencies involved in the pursuit were:  Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Division of Wildlife,Baca County Sheriff’s Office, Prowers County Sheriff’s Office, Campo Police Department, and Lamar Police Department.

Leinweber was charged with Kidnapping, Vehicular Eluding, Reckless Endangerment, Domestic Violence, and numerous other charges.  A multiagency investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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