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.