Cops Still Searching For Wrong-Way Driver After Dangerous Chase

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Police are still looking for a woman who they say drove the wrong way on the interstate, leading them on a dangerous chase.

"It's deadly," said Sgt. Steve Noblitt with the Colorado Springs Police Department. "You are putting yourself at risk and anybody else that happens to be on the roadway."

Police have released the following chain of events from the incident, which occurred early Sunday morning:

CSPD officers were dispatched to the area of I-25 and Fillmore Ave for a SUV traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of I-25 on Sunday around 3:30 a.m. Officers spotted the vehicle, a dark-colored Kia Sportage, at Tejon and I-25 still traveling south in the northbound lanes. Officers estimated the driver’s speeds were between 40-90 mph. Officers drove parallel to the suspect in southbound lanes with emergency lights and sirens but she continued to drive south in the north bound lanes. One of the officers drove past her and as he did so, she looked directly at him. Officer Ireland attempted to limit traffic getting onto northbound I-25 from S. Academy as Officer Maxson continued to drive next to the suspect vehicle. Officer Maxson stopped paralleling the suspect at S. Circle Drive because the suspect blacked out her headlights for about 30 seconds.

Several near accidents occurred between Fillmore Ave and S. Academy. Between S. Academy Blvd and the Fountain exit, the suspect made a U-Turn and drove north in the northbound lanes. Officers observed that she was driving the posted speed limit with moderate weaving. Per the Duty Lieutenant, no traffic stop was initiated due to the previous safety concerns.

"At that point, we felt to continue to engage her would cause her to do even more unpredictable behavior and cause more of a danger to the public," said Sgt. Noblitt. "We feel pretty helpless. There's not a lot you can do because it's happening so fast."

Police say their investigation has lead them to identify the driver as Rachell Schurle, age 25. Police say they've contacted her parents, who stated she moved out and would not give her new address to police. Schurle is currently wanted for seven traffic violations including Reckless Driving, Roadways Laned for Traffic and Driving When Lighted Lamps Required.

"We've seen these types of crashes happen and they have resulted in innocent lives lost," said Sgt. Noblitt.

People in the community are reacting to the decision by police to call off the pursuit.

"I think we need to put our trust in their judgment," said Sheilagh Carpenter. "Given that you could run her plates and track her down later."

"It wouldn't make sense to stop her, no reason to. It's safer for the public to let her go on," said Scott Franks.

"Anytime you've got people endangered on the road, the police need to do something. Not taking action is probably not the best thing to do," said Jesse Perez.

If anyone has information on Schurle’s whereabouts you are encouraged to call CSPD at 444-7000 or if you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP or use text TIP411 at www.springspolice.com. Thank you for any assistance


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  • by almost hit, still flashbacks Location: I-25 near exit 141 on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    Like the first person that posted, I, too, was almost hit by this wrong-way driver. I haven't seen any updates about the woman being detained. There were 4 of us in our vehicle, we had dropped off our family member for deployment and we would have all died. I was very upset to hear the cops did not continue to follow & pull her over. She did not break, did not swerve, and, her parents have no morals if they will not proved contact information for basically attempted manslaughter. I'm still having trouble driving at night since the incident.
  • by Eddie Location: COS on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    Why don't they arrest the parents for obstruction of justice? If they know where she is and won't cooperate then it should be at least obstruction if not aiding and abbeding.
  • by john on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    once agin a woman driver, go figure
  • by nobama_homer on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    why couldn't they put tire stripes out for her when she was northbound at 55? hardly any other cars comming..
  • by @ Rod Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 1, 2011 at 12:58 AM
    I agree! Something is VERY wrong here!
  • by rod Location: colo springs on May 31, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    If she turned around and was driving normally now, how was it then to dangerous for a cop just to keep on following her?? They aren't chasing her at that point, just stay behind her until she stops.
  • by nobama_homer on May 31, 2011 at 03:11 PM
    State police would have stopped her.. they never let anyone go..
  • by Steve Location: C/S on May 31, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    She was probably drunk, so it's too bad they couldn't have stopped her. I hate to think a drunk driver got off the hook due to the CSPD's actions.
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      by Just Saying on Jun 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to Steve
      Would you be okay with her causing an accident killing a carfull of people because the cops kept on her and she decided to AGAIN outrun them? She had already caused many near-accidents so she would likely have been fine with endangering the public some more. This is a lose/lose situation for the cops but at least with this choice, there were no additional injuries and they know who it is so eventually they WILL catch up to her.
  • by Rick Location: COS on May 31, 2011 at 02:12 PM
    You cant pull a pit a 90, especiall when other cars are coming at them. Lets think about this one people, a spinning 2 ton projectile moving 90 miles per hour colides with anothe projectile at 70, hmmmmmm. Also, in the event peole become too dangerous, not suddenly start obeying the law, is when cops will call off a persuit. She showed she was dangerous, so why not just pick her up because at this point they know who she is. She going to get hers either way.
  • by mm Location: 80132 on May 31, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Hey Mr "Here's a Penny, Buy a Clue".... The pursuit was at it's MOST dangerous when they were headed south in the northbound lanes at 90mph, NOT once she turned around and was driving the posted speed. The COPS left someone who CLEARLY has a problem on the streets when her license would have been pulled and her car impounded IF they had just cited her when they had the chance. Her lawyer will now argue they can't charge her with a DUI since they let her go once she "changed her behavior"!!! Nice work CSPD - here's a penny, get an education and preferably higher than a GED!!! Best advice - find her and cite her or you'll be challenged on every ticket you issue!!!
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