A man who was stopped after driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 in Pueblo County Sunday morning stole a Colorado State Patrol car and then dragged a trooper as he was speeding away, according to the state patrol. The trooper sustained minor injuries.
State patrol said around 11 a.m., two troopers contacted a driver who had been driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near mile marker 105, which is north of the Dillon Drive exit in Pueblo County. During the contact, the suspect got into a marked state patrol car and sped away. One of the troopers tried to stop him and was dragged for a short distance as the suspect sped northbound on Interstate 25, according to state patrol.
After checking to make sure the trooper wasn’t seriously injured, the other trooper chased the stolen car, which made a u-turn through the center median and went southbound, according to state patrol.
Other troopers and officers chased the stolen car southbound. As the chase reached mile marker 69–about 36 miles south of where it started–a Huerfano County deputy used a tire deflation device to stop the chase. The driver of the stolen car tried to avoid the device by swerving, causing the car to rotate into the center median. The car kept rotating as it went through a ditch in the median, then overturned as it came out of the ditch. It landed on its wheels in the left northbound lane.
Troopers said the suspect was ejected from the car. He tried to run away, but law enforcement arrested him without further incident moments later.
The suspect, 31-year-old Richard Twomey of Livermore, California, sustained very minor injuries, according to the state patrol. He was jailed on numerous felony and misdemeanor charges.
The trooper was treated for minor injuries and then released from the hospital.
No one else was injured in the chase or crash, according to state patrol.