Arrest ends wild chase |

Arrest ends wild chase

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A high-speed chase through five police jurisdictions in the upper valley ended Saturday with the arrest of a Denver motorcyclist.

Clint Riser, 33, is charged with two felony counts of eluding authorities, two counts of reckless driving, one count of driving without proof of insurance and one count of driving with fake license plates.

He was allegedly spotted by a Basalt police officer who clocked the motorcyclist going 110 mph in a 55-mph zone on Highway 82 around 6:30 p.m.

The Colorado State Patrol, with troopers on assignment at the Jazz Aspen Labor Day Festival in Snowmass Village, was advised of the black Yamaha racing motorcycle and asked to intervene.

Troopers spotted Riser a short time later as he sped down Highway 82 toward Aspen, a state patrol press release says. He allegedly ignored their attempts to pull him over, fleeing into Aspen “at speeds exceeding 110 mph through heavy traffic and rain.”

Riser allegedly attempted to hide from police after heading down Maroon Creek Road. He was quickly discovered by troopers, and attempted to flee into Aspen. Instead, he found the road blocked by officers of the Aspen Police Department and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Recommended Stories For You

Riser turned quickly, leading his pursuers onto Maroon Creek Road a second time, the release states. Aspen police attempted a second roadblock, but Riser escaped toward Highway 82, where he drove the wrong way into the roundabout – and right into oncoming traffic.

Driving westbound in the eastbound lanes, Riser made his way to Owl Creek Road, the release says. After finding the route blocked by the Snowmass Village police, Riser turned and fled east on Owl Creek Road toward Aspen. Instead of heading to town a second time, Riser turned into a private drive and tried to hide in a home there.

Snowmass police trapped and arrested Riser at the home, ending the nearly 30-minute pursuit.

Riser’s girlfriend drove from Denver late Saturday in order to post his $6,500 bond, police said. Riser is scheduled to appear in Pitkin County District Court on Sept. 8.