Release Date: Jul 26, 2017
Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
On July 25, 2017, at approximately 8:55 p.m., a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed two vehicles stopped at the red light on northbound College Avenue at Jefferson Street. Both drivers were revving their engines in what sounded like an invitation for a drag race. When the light turned green, both vehicles accelerated to a high rate of speed. The deputy activated his emergency lights in an attempt to make a traffic stop. One of the vehicles slowed and began pulling over. The other vehicle, a Subaru WRX, continued to accelerate and did not yield even after the deputy activated the emergency siren on his vehicle.
The Subaru continued northbound on College Avenue, turned eastbound onto Conifer Street, and then northbound onto Lemay Avenue at speeds as high as 80 miles per hour. The deputy’s vehicle was far enough behind that he could only see the taillights of the Subaru. As the deputy continued northbound on Lemay Avenue, he discovered the Subaru had crashed near the intersection of Lemay Avenue and Linden Gate, striking another vehicle. The male driver of the Subaru was lying in a prone position next to his vehicle as the deputy arrived and he appeared to be surrendering. The 17-year-old Fort Collins juvenile was taken into custody without incident.
The investigation revealed the juvenile tried to pass a Volkswagen sedan on the right and struck it causing the juvenile’s vehicle to flip and come to rest on its wheels. The driver of the Volkswagen was not injured. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. The juvenile was then transported to the Larimer County Hub and booked on allegations of Vehicular Eluding and Engaged in a Speed Contest.
The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.