Aspen car-chase suspect appears in court
June 22, 2010
ASPEN – A man accused of taking police on a high-speed chase and crashing a friend’s car into the Aspen Golf Club waived advisement of charges connected to the alleged incident Monday in Pitkin County District Court.
Mark Vandeleuv, 48, appeared in court with public defender Stephen McCrohan. Of the nine counts Vandeleuv faces, three are felonies – criminal mischief, vehicular eluding and aggravate driving after revocation.
Senior Judge Thomas Ossola set a cash surety bond at $25,000 for Vandeleuv, 48. Even if he can post bond, Vandeleuv would remain incarcerated because of a parole hold, which was placed on him following his Thursday arrest (if a judge lifts the hold, Vandeleuv can bond out).
The night before, he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase through the S-curves and westbound on Highway 82, ultimately crashing a green Ford Explorer near the 10th hole at the golf course. Police had pulled him over on Main Street on suspicion of drinking and driving. When an officer approached the vehicle, Vandeleuv allegedly took off.
After he allegedly crashed the SUV, Vandeleuv fled by foot. The next day, a friend of Vandeleuv’s called authorities to let them know the suspect had sought refuge at his apartment, police said.
Vandeleuv’s local criminal history dates back to 1996. On Tuesday, June 15, Vandeleuv was released from the Pitkin County jail after posting $7,500 bond. He had been incarcerated there since March 13 on cocaine and criminal impersonation charges.