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Suspect Pursuit Crosses County Lines

Credit: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

Credit: El Paso County Sheriff's Office

A suspect pursuit crossed county lines early Wednesday morning after authorities say a driver attempted to elude law enforcement.

According to a spokesman with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the incident began just after 1 a.m. when a deputy noticed a truck speeding near 27th Street in Colorado Springs. The driver refused to stop when the deputy tried to pull him over. EPSO says the deputy chased after him, but soon ended the pursuit due to the suspect's unsafe driving behavior.

Not long after, the same deputy saw the suspect in the area of I-25 and South Nevada, heading southbound on the interstate. For the next several miles, the deputy trailed the suspect, waiting until they reached the Fountain area--where there was more law enforcement to assist--before trying again to pull him over. The suspect still refused to stop.

For almost 30 miles, the suspect led authorities on a "low speed pursuit" south on the interstate. Pueblo police officers finally brought the slow-moving chase to a conclusion at mile marker 104 when they deployed "stop sticks" at EPSO's request. The suspect ran over the sticks and crashed, effectively ending the pursuit.

The Sheriff's Office says it was determined that the truck the suspect was driving had been stolen. The suspect, who was uninjured in the crash, was taken into custody on a number of charges, including motor vehicle theft and eluding. He has been identified as 35-year-old James Packham, and is currently being held at the CJC.

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