High-Speed Pursuit Ends In Aspen Golf Course

Phillip Vigil Accused Of Stealing Several Vehicles

Call it the multi-motor vehicle police pursuit.

A Denver man is being held in the Pitkin County jail after a series of police chases and crashes that involved two stolen pickup trucks and a stolen motorcycle.

The high-speed pursuit ultimately ended with a crash in an Aspen golf course.

Police said 27-year-old Phillip Jordan Vigil stole a pickup truck in Snowmass Village early Monday. A deputy spotted the red pickup truck near the Pitkin County Airport and tried pull it over, but the driver took off. The officer lost sight of it for some time and when he spotted it again, it was going down a hill and crashing on the west side of Aspen, police said.

Vigil ran away from the scene before police reached the crash, authorities said.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood, looking for the suspect. The Aspen Police Department also used the reverse-911 system to call neighbors in the area and asked them to lock their doors and watch for suspicious behavior.

Authorities later discovered a man matching Vigil's description on a motorcycle in Snowmass Village. An officer tried to stop the motorcycle, but it fled, going at speeds in excess of 80 mph, heading into Aspen.

Vigil allegedly abandoned the bike after a time and drove off in another stolen pickup truck, police said.

An Aspen police officer saw the suspect in the blue pickup truck at the Aspen Post Office and chased after it. The vehicle cruised down Main Street and lost control, crashing in the roundabout, coming to rest on a path at the Aspen Municipal Golf Course, authorities said.

But even after that crash, the truck continued in reverse, down the bike path, and crashed one last time. That's when Snowmass police officers finally took the suspect into custody.

Police arrested Vigil on four charges of felony eluding, four charges of motor vehicle theft, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a revoked license and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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