High-speed chase turns deadly after suspect driver crashes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A car crashed taking a curve at more than 100 mph while trying to shake a deputy during a car chase.

The driver, identified by the El Paso County Coroner as 43-year-old Ron Cisco, was partially thrown from the vehicle as the car rolled off the roadway before the deputy's eyes. What was left of the mangled car in the aftermath of the rollover was enough to prompt a responding officer to call it one of the worst crashes he'd ever seen.

According to a spokesperson with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, shortly before the crash a deputy noticed the car driving erratically on Woodmen.

"When he tried to initiate a traffic stop by turning his lights on, the vehicle sped up in speeds at excess over 100 mph," Jacqueline Kirby said.

A short chase followed, fatally cut short when the suspect driver tried to turn onto Powers Boulevard from Woodmen.

"The pursuit speeds were extremely high, and that's a significant curve to take at that speed," Kirby said.

Authorities say Cisco collided with a light pole with enough force to break off a chunk of the vehicle. The car then went airborne and rolled several times.

Cisco died at the scene.

The Colorado Springs Police Department Major Accident Unit has taken over the investigation and is now looking into whether Cisco was drunk or under the influence of drugs.

"That's what the deputy was trying to find out [before the crash] because of the way the driver was driving. There was obviously concern to initiate a traffic stop," Kirby said.

Westbound Woodmen at Powers was closed for several hours but reopened around 7 a.m. just ahead of the morning rush hour.