Oklahoma man faces charges after chase
An 18-year-old Oklahoma man is facing several charges after allegedly leading authorities on a 15-minute, 20-mile, high-speed chase through downtown Rifle and onto eastbound Interstate 70 late Monday.
The chase ended when he crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving – his father’s new, 2000 Ford truck, purchased Dec. 24.
Kenneth W. Grow, of Norman, Okla., was arrested after 11 p.m. Monday for felony eluding, felony theft, reckless driving and driving without a license, according to the Colorado State Patrol. After his arrest, Grow was treated and released from Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs before being booked into the Garfield County Jail.
According to the State Patrol, a trooper stopped Grow north of Rifle, on Colorado 13, because the Ford pickup Grow was driving had no license plates. Grow then drove off at a high rate of speed and, near Ninth Street, “lost control on a turn and collided with a parked car,” according to the patrol.
Rifle police joined in the chase, which continued onto I-70, reaching speeds of 100 mph, the State Patrol said. Ahead of the speeding convoy, another trooper placed “stop sticks” on the eastbound lanes near mile post 110, which blew out the truck’s tires as Grow drove across.
“[Grow] continued for another .75 mile until he lost control of the vehicle and collided with the right-side guard rail,” said a patrol press release.
The truck, which sustained heavy damage in the accident, had been reported stolen from Grow’s father on Christmas Day, according to the patrol.
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