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Suspects remain at large following Thursday pursuit

Staff Writer
One or more suspects remain at large following a vehicular pursuit in western Archuleta County Thursday evening.

According to Capt. Adrian Driscoll of the Colorado State Patrol, troopers initiated a pursuit on a vehicle with a trailer at approximately 5:26 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in the area of Forest Service Road 620 (First Notch Road).

The pursuit was terminated 15 to 20 minutes later, Driscoll said, at the intersection of Forest Service roads 620 and 133.

After the pursuit was terminated, Driscoll said gunshots were heard, but it is currently unclear if the shots were fired at law enforcement, were caused by the trailer the vehicle was hauling being lit on fire, or were for another reason.

A tactical team and air support from San Juan County, N.M. were called in, and authorities were on the scene until about 1 a.m., Driscoll explained.

The sole residence in the area has been secured and the residents are safe, Driscoll noted.

Authorities are continuing to search the area today, Friday, and no identifying features of the suspect(s) have been released.

For more information, stay tuned toPagosaSUN.com and next Thursday’s issue of The SUN.
randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 3, 2014.
  • Hope Scheppelman

    I was driving home on 160 East bound (at about 5:15pm) heading towards Pagosa Springs just approaching Yellowjacket, when I notices a vehicle in front of me that didn’t have there headlights on. It was a dark Toyota 4-Runner or some kind of SUV towing a small trailer with tarps over it. I notice the vehicle was tailgating the car in front of it (possibly to see). I was thinking maybe this driver didn’t know they were driving with no headlights. And that he was a hazard to other drivers. I flicked my lights on and off to indicate to the driver he didn’t have his lights on. No response from the driver. He just kept going. Shaking my head I began to back off.. When I noticed a state trooper pulled off on the right side of the road. The vehicle passed the trooper. The trooper threw on his lights. I pulled over and let the trooper by. The 4-Runner started to signal as if they were pulling over to the right, when they took a hard left on 1st Notch Rd (US Forest Service 620) and sped off up the dirt hill.. The state trooper was right behind the vehicle now with lights and sirens… As I passed the road, dirt was flying like in the Dukes of Hazzard. I was in shock!! My heart was pumping.. I couldn’t believe my eyes.. Once I got passed “KG Ranch” I saw 5 state troopers/sheriff car flying West bound.. Lights and sirens..