On Tuesday evening shortly after 11 p.m., a Garfield County Deputy attempted to contact a vehicle headed east on Interstate 70, about mile marker 94. The vehicle was being contacted due to a license plate violation, unfortunately the driver elected not to pull over and a pursuit was initiated.
The vehicle and its occupants headed east at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour then exited Interstate 70 at New Castle where they were met by the New Castle Police Department. The vehicle and its occupants headed east on US Highway 6 and again reversed direction and headed west on US Hwy 6 at the 109 exit.
Just east of New Castle at about mile marker 106, the driver chose to leave US 6; cross the railroad tracks and enter Interstate 70. They were now traveling east in the west bound lane of Interstate 70. Glenwood Police immediately closed Interstate 70 west at the 114 exit to prevent a vehicular confrontation on the Interstate.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputies paralleled the suspect car from eastbound I-70 at the 106. The vehicle stopped near mile marker 113, close to Amy’s Acres where two females and a male exited the vehicle and headed towards Amy’s Acres.
K-9 Messi along with his handler Deputy Gronbeck and other law enforcement officers began to track the individuals. All three were located in the construction yard west of Amy’s Acres.
The driver (JoAnn Mallory Martinez, DOB: 01/27/1987), and the two passengers (Casey Eugenia Abraham, DOB: 09/27/1992), (Charles Robinson Shay, DOB: 01/10/1983) were arrested and transported to the Garfield County Jail shortly after midnight.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the New Castle Police Department, the Glenwood Springs Police Department, and CDOT for their cooperation in bringing this “incident” to a quick and successful conclusion thereby protecting the other travelers on both Highways and the residents of Garfield County.
This continues to be an active investigation with information still being gathered.