WALSENBURG- On Tuesday afternoon, a white Dodge pickup truck was reported to be speeding eastward over La Veta pass, but within minutes, it was spotted just west of Walsenburg. Sheriff’s Officer Milan Rapo, who was responding to a previous call, quickly began pursuing the vehicle, which had three men and a woman inside it. Three more Huerfano County Sheriff’s Officers also joined the chase, and managed to keep the vehicle down to 45 miles an hour inside the city.
The truck turned south on Main St and floored it, quickly going back up to 100 mph. State troopers joined in, and at the county line, Las Animas Sheriff’s officers got involved. At mile marker 23, the truck suddenly veered across the median, across the northbound lanes, through a fence, down a hill and stalled out in a field, where the four suspects were taken into custody.
The truck, which was reported stolen from a dealership in Taos, NM, was driven by William Galvez, 22, and Michael Linzy, 26. The other two occupants have not been charged. Galvez, who is wanted on two felony warrants out of El Paso and Rio Grande counties, and Linzy will be charged with felony eluding, Driving Under the Influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment and auto theft.