A 24-year-old man is facing several charges after allegedly breaking into several motor vehicles and then leading mountain town police on a high-speed chase winding through the area of trailhead in Colorado.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Buena Vista Police Department, and Salida Police Department jointly investigated a string of vehicle break-ins and motor vehicle thefts in the mountain town areas, identifying the main suspect as Mack Hill, 24, of Salida.
One of the reported stolen vehicles was spotted along the Little Rainbow Trail near Burmac Road east of Salida, but the driver believed to be Hill sped off. The pursuit started at the trailhead racing to speeds of 30 to 40 mph.
The stolen vehicle then slammed into the front driver’s side of a patrol car that was occupied by two responding officers parked near the bottom of the trailhead. Hill then sped off again, nearly hitting one of the officers.
While the force caused substantial damage to the patrol car, the officers involved were not seriously injured.
The high-speed pursuit continued eastbound on Highway 50 near mile marker 230. Shortly after Hill tossed a gun out of the window the stolen vehicle came to a stop a few miles down the road due to mechanical issues.
Hill was taken into custody and was transported to a nearby hospital where he was medically cleared.
Hill was then transported to the Chaffee County Jail where he was charged with felony menacing, 1st degree assault on a peace officer, felony eluding, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, reckless endangerment, 1st degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, and displayed fictitious plates.
Police later recovered the gun after it was tossed along with multiple vehicles and several other stolen guns.