COLORADO SPRINGS — Drivers were asked to avoid the area of Austin Bluffs and Academy following a chase and several crashes involving multiple El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies Friday afternoon.

An EPSO spokesperson says the incident began when the suspect drilled a hole into another person’s car and tried to siphon gas, then fled. The chase began at Blaney and Garrett Roads in the county, then crossed into the city.

The crashes occurred at Austin Bluffs and Siferd Blvd., Austin Bluffs and Academy, and Austin Bluffs and Barnes Road.

Four EPSO vehicles were involved in those crashes and one deputy was taken to the hospital. He’s expected to be okay.

Two people were taken into custody.

A Colorado Springs Police vehicle was also involved in a crash, but was not part of the pursuit.

Traffic in the area is being impacted. All lanes of east bound Austin Bluffs are open east of Academy, but lanes are closed west of Academy for a different crash.

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