Several people were injured Saturday night (4/28/18) when a stolen tractor-trailer rig being pursued by law enforcement in Morgan County, rammed a number of vehicles during the chase. The semi driver was shot at during the pursuit before he crashed into parked vehicles on the north side of Brush and was taken into custody.
Four of five people whose vehicles were struck by the tractor and freight trailer, including a Fort Morgan Police officer, were treated at area hospitals. One of those was held overnight for observation.
The suspect was treated and released from a hospital with minor wounds and was booked into the Morgan County Jail.
The semi was apparently stolen from around Sterling and was initially pursued by Sterling Police, and later by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, where the pursuit entered Morgan County.
Law enforcement chased the truck through Brush and west on Hwy 34, striking another vehicle and injuring that driver. The truck continued to Barlow Road in Fort Morgan, where a parked and occupied Fort Morgan Police car was rammed at Riverview Avenue, injuring the officer.
Continuing east on I-76, the truck exited the interstate at Hospital Road, and drove through Love’s Truck Stop, nearly hitting a pedestrian, before continuing down Hospital Road to Mill Street. At the Brush Middle School, the truck attempted to run down a Brush Police officer, who fired at the driver. The truck rammed and destroyed the unoccupied patrol car.
As the truck turned south on Colorado Avenue, it drove into the oncoming lanes of traffic and struck a northbound car head-on, injuring both occupants. A few blocks away, it struck another vehicle near Cameron and Eaton Street, injuring one of the two occupants. That vehicle was pushed into a tree and rolled onto its side, up against a house and a fence.
Continuing down city streets, the driver jumped from the moving semi in the 800 Block of Custer Street and it crashed into two parked vehicles in a front yard. The driver ran into a house at that location before being taken into custody.
Law enforcement also fired on the driver on Hwy 34 and inside Brush as they attempted to prevent him from injuring people.
The recently formed Morgan County Major Crimes Investigative Team, made up of investigators from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Brush, Fort Morgan and Log Lane Police Departments, is in charge of the investigation, along with agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and assisted by the Colorado State Patrol.
Numerous crime scenes are still being processed and some streets are closed temporarily as these scenes are investigated. Residents in the area are asked to be patient as law enforcement documents this series of incidents.
Other details will be released as available. No names of injured or the suspect will be released until later in the investigation.Type your paragraph here.
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