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Crash ends escape

Joel Stonington

An escapee from Boulder County jail was arrested early Friday morning after he left the scene of a fight at Club Chelsea, eluded police at speeds exceeding 100 mph, and crashed into a concrete barrier on Highway 82.Carlos I. Cordova, 21, was charged with three misdemeanors including driving under the influence and eluding, and one felony, aggravated habitual traffic offender. The felony charge stems from the fact that Cordova has no license and numerous outstanding warrants in the Boulder area.Pitkin County Deputy John Armstrong said Cordova fled from the scene at Club Chelsea, where two other arrests were made related to the fight. Deputy Michael Ferrara spotted the vehicle, a white pickup truck, leaving town. When Ferrara attempted to pull Cordova over, the suspect initially slowed down and moved onto the shoulder and then accelerated away without stopping.Although the suspect reportedly was driving faster than 100 mph as he fled downvalley, Ferrara pursued him at a speed closer to the posted speed limit. “We do not pursue,” said Armstrong, “because too many people are injured in high-speed pursuits.” The way all roads lead down valley helps out with that policy. The sheriff’s office contacted Basalt police, who were on their way to assist when Carlos Cordova crashed into a concrete barrier near the Snowmass Conoco, at the intersection of Highway 82 and Snowmass Creek Road.Armstrong said the crash was caused by alcohol, speed, and icy roads.A spokesman for the Aspen Police Department said that Cordova will likely face charges from the city, on top of those he’s already received from the county, for his role in the fight.Cordova is wanted in Boulder for escaping from jail. According to the Boulder Police Department, he was on work release and did not return to the jail after a day at work. It’s a serious enough charge that there is no bail, so Cordova will be in jail on Christmas.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com