Man arrested after chase on Red Mtn. |

Man arrested after chase on Red Mtn.

Aspen Times Staff Report

A local man faces several charges after he led Aspen police on a high-speed chase on Red Mountain Road early Saturday morning, according to Officer Vicki Nall.

Charles Cunniffe, 47, of Aspen, was arrested for eluding police – a felony, DUI, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving, Nall said.

According to Nall, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Officer Dan Glidden witnessed a white, four-door Audi, driven by Cunniffe, run a stop sign at the intersection of Mill and Puppy Smith streets. Glidden turned his lights on and “the guy took off,” heading up Red Mountain Road, Nall said.

Glidden gave chase and estimated that the vehicle reached speeds between 60 and 70 mph, she said.

“[The vehicle] went off the left side of the road, ran over some trees and a telephone box, and then went airborne and came to rest at the intersection of Red Mountain Road and Salvation Circle,” Nall said.

Upon landing, both of the vehicle’s airbags deployed, ending the chase, according to Nall. Cunniffe was then placed under arrest.

Cunniffe bonded out of the Pitkin County Jail, on a $14,575 bond, at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

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