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High speed chase started with stolen car

by Bill Knowles
WALSENBURG— A highspeed chase that started with a stolen car in Pueblo ended in Trinidad with two suspects in custody.
According to a spokesperson with the Colorado State Patrol the early morning chase started about 7:52 last Tuesday at mile marker 50 on Interstate-25 when troopers spotted the black Honda Civic driven by Nicholas Byard going south.
With speeds reaching 100 miles per hour it was only a short time before the chase reached Trinidad where the Honda turned around and entered the northbound lanes on I-25. The vehicle then exited the interstate and went into Trinidad for a few minutes and then entered the interstate and crossed over to the southbound lanes again.
Leaving the interstate again the vehicle entered a maze of county roads and lost the troopers. State troopers found the abandoned vehicle near the railroad tracks and mile marker 11.
Byard and a female, who, according to State Patrol had occupied the vehicle, were on foot near mile marker eight when they were picked up by state troopers and Las Animas County Sheriff’s Deputies, on the frontage road near Starkville.
The two are in custody at Pueblo while the case is under investigation as State Troopers try to figure out who was driving the vehicle. No injuries or property damage were reported.

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