By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
A Minnesota man is dead following a high speed chase that started in Wyoming but ended in a crash on Highway 85 near Ault, Colorado.
The man, who according to the Colorado State Patrol originally went to jail for murder, was wanted for a parole violation out of Minnesota and was being chased by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Numerous Colorado State Patrol officers joined the chase as the suspect crossed the state line at around 2:45pm.
After a Colorado State Patrol trooper and an Ault police officer deployed “stop sticks”on the highway, the suspect lost control of his vehicle when he attempted to avoid the apparatus.
“The suspect vehicle continued south and swerved into another Colorado State Patrol vehicle causing the State Patrol vehicle to roll and become disabled,” a spokesman for the patrol said. “The suspect vehicle also became disabled and the pursuit came to an end.”
Authorities say the trooper sustained minor injuries from the collision and was taken to the hospital.
The suspect, who was not wearing his seatbelt, crashed into a drainage ditch and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Highway 85, near the incident, was shut down for several hours.
The Wyoming Highway Patrol has not returned a call for comment.