Trucker facing multiple citations after running vehicles off Interstate 70
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colo. ” A man who allegedly tried to run vehicles off Interstate 70 with his tractor-trailer rig Tuesday afternoon and didn’t pull over for almost 30 miles was arrested by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Christopher Brostek, 44, of DeLand, Fla., was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and vehicular eluding after authorities popped one of his tires, forcing him to pull over.
According to an arrest affidavit, at 3:47 p.m., someone reported the truck running vehicles off the road near Silt. A sheriff’s sergeant spotted the suspect vehicle west of Rifle, driving onto the shoulder of the highway, then swerving into the left lane, forcing a passing vehicle into the highway median.
The sergeant reportedly tried to pull the semi over, but it didn’t stop. Another deputy joined the pursuit and reported that the truck was going 75 mph and was running vehicles off the road. The pursuit crossed into Mesa County to the west.
At about 4:25 p.m., the Colorado State Patrol used “stop sticks” on the semi and one of its tires began to deflate. The semi left the highway at mile marker 47, just before Palisade.
The affidavit said Brostek told authorities he only had two beers at lunch. He declined a voluntary roadside sobriety test and said he wanted to refuse further testing.
He allegedly told authorities he saw law enforcement vehicles behind him, but thought they were looking for an accident. He said he drove the speed limit, stayed in the slow lane and was not trying to run away.
A female passenger was taken to a detox facility.
A stop stick, State Patrol Capt. Rich Duran explained, is basically a triangular device with spikes that can be thrown across the road to puncture tires. They’re carried in every patrol car.
“Normally, we don’t have very many reckless drivers driving semi-trucks or tractor-trailers down the interstate,” he said.
But in the past 10 years in an area covering primarily Eagle and Garfield counties, he recalls two incidents of a tractor-trailer engaged in reckless driving and eluding.
It was unclear Wednesday who the semitrailer belongs to or if it was being used for employment purposes.
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