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Escaped prisoner arrested following police chase in Colorado Springs

By: Staff and wire reports
October 18, 2013 Updated: October 18, 2013 at 8:40 am
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An escaped prisoner is back in custody following a high-speed car chase Thursday that started in Limon and ended 65 miles west in Colorado Springs.

Police say 28-year-old Ira Smith was already wanted on a warrant for escape from the Department of Corrections when he was stopped on Thursday and tried to flee.

Police say the chase ended after police were able to force him off the road after he hit a car. Smith crashed into a police car and a red Jeep, police said. The officer was not injured, and Smith and the driver of the red Jeep were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Smith is facing new traffic and narcotics charges.

Limon police said the chase began after the driver, who was driving a friend's green 1995 Mercury, was pulled over for speeding in Limon, and then took off after providing police with a fake name.

 

Ira Smith of Colorado Springs was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase from Limon to the the eastern limits of Colorado Springs before crashing into a Colorado Springs police car and a red Jeep at Marksheffel Road, police said.

Limon police said the chase began after the driver, who was driving a friend's green 1995 Mercury, was pulled over for speeding in Limon, and then took off after providing police with a fake name.

Limon police, assisted by the Colorado State Patrol, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, the Calhan Police and the Civil Marshall's Office, pursued Smith until he approached Woodmen Road, where the pursuit was called off because of traffic.

Police said no one was pursuing Smith when he crashed into a Colorado Springs police car that was blocking southbound traffic on Marksheffel from getting onto Highway 24.

The police officer was not injured, and Smith and the driver of the red Jeep were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Police pursued the green Mercury at speeds of up to 120 mph, even after four stop sticks were deployed and one of the tires was gone.

Smith, police said, has a warrant for escaping from the Department of Corrections and was allegedly in possession of 10 grams of meth.


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