Hit-And-Run Driver Knocks Down Light Pole, Crashes Into Building

Two hit-and-runs in one night for one unlucky driver early Sunday morning, whose vehicle was struck twice in two separate incidents.

Police have arrested the man allegedly involved with the second hit-and-run, but are still searching for the suspect involved in the first.

According to police, the victim's vehicle was first struck by a Ford Expedition as it backed out of a parking space at the Pale Horse bar, on the 200 block on North Union. As the driver fled the scene, he struck another vehicle, this time a tow truck belonging to Pinky's Towing. The driver then began driving towards the area of Bijou and Chelton, knocking over a light pole on Union in the process.

The owner of Pinky's Towing, Anthony Vargas, was in the tow truck, waiting to pick up his cousin who works at the bar. Vargas safely followed the driver at a distance. He said, as a guess, the driver sped down Bijou at close to 100 MPH.

Police said the driver eventually crashed into a building on the 200 block of North Chelton, causing a modest amount of damage to the building and rendering his vehicle undrivable. He took off running through the nearby Walmart parking lot, successfully eluding the officers searching for him in the area.

"(The crash) was hard, I was amazed that he even jumped out of the car and took off running as hard as he hit, and he had to hit hard, he hit us really really hard and hit the light pole and everything else. I was just amazed that he was able to jump out and run you know," Vargas said.

Details on the suspect are limited at this time; police said he was a Hispanic man, wearing a white sweatshirt with a large design at the time of the incident. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police, or call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP to remain anonymous.

Shortly thereafter, the original victim in the first hit-and-run, still parked at Pale Horse, was struck again by a red truck. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Miguel Vasquez, allegedly tried to drive off, but was caught two blocks away by officers still in the area investigating the first incident.

Vasquez was arrested on hit-and-run and DUI charges.


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  • by to all who left comments on Jan 15, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    you are all racist idiots too bad he didn't run into to any of you One less racist on this earth sounds good to me:)
  • by Amped Location: COS on Jan 15, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    The lesson here is don't drink tequila with your frijoles.
  • by si on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:45 PM
    No thanks, I prefer miracle whip. Unless its that corn you get for a dollar, u know with the cheese and cayenne pepper.. Mmmm.. tasteriffic. And such a bargain.
  • by Pancho on Jan 15, 2012 at 01:28 PM
    O.K. SA
  • by anon Location: cs on Jan 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    Makes me wonder if both of the drivers were drinking at the Pale Horse Bar before they got in and hit the same car!!
  • by Rebecca on Jan 15, 2012 at 08:37 AM
    LMAO... Does anyone else find it hilarious that a drunken man, who couldn't stop driving into stuff, was able to get away from sober officers on foot? I love our CSPD but this is rather comical.

    P.S. shame on you biggots!
  • by Mayhem on Jan 15, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    Yep it was a busy night. Too bad they didn't have Allstate! ;-)
  • by @ Oblivious on Jan 15, 2012 at 08:00 AM
    Do you REALLY believe that these idiot illegals have their vehicles registered in their names? Come on now!
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      by Oblivious on Jan 15, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to @ Oblivious
      Yes I do. Because Santa told me and then he jumped on the easter bunny with the tooth fairy and rode off to neverland....the real one.
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        by @ Oblivious on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM in reply to Oblivious
        I should have known.... LOL And to Rebecca, let me guess...this was your essee?
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 15, 2012 at 07:43 AM
    If night clubs were to be required to impound customer's vehicles in a locked yard until noon the next day and loan them a bicycle and helmet when they leave, things would be much safer, less expensive, and more entertaining. Yes, I am (partially) kidding.
  • by Dee Location: Cos on Jan 15, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    That building has been thru soo much! When it said chelton and bijou I kinda figured it was that one! I'm glad no one got hurt! I hope they find the idiot!
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