WELD COUNTY, Colo. - Two juveniles are back in custody after they reportedly escaped from a youth corrections facility, stole a car and were chased from Wyoming to Colorado and back to Wyoming.
The Laramie County, Wyoming, Sheriff’s Office called Weld County authorities at 3:30 a.m. Sunday to say they had been chasing a stolen SUV, but stopped when the car entered Colorado on Highway 85.
A police officer reported seeing the SUV 30 miles away in Eaton. The officer said the white Dodge Durango went through town at a high rate of speed and was smoking heavily from the engine compartment.
Deputies said was next spotted by a University of Northern Colorado officer in Greeley. The officer said the vehicle suddenly turned around and started going north again.
Weld County Sheriff’s deputies said when they spotted the SUV it had large amounts of blue smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. Deputies said because of the smoke, the erratic actions of the driver, and the SUV's apparent mechanical problems, they followed the vehicle north on Highway 85 to tried and stop the vehicle.
The driver got all the way back to the Wyoming border, where the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office had deployed stop sticks.
That stopped the SUV and deputies arrested the two juvenile males.
Deputies said they believe the juveniles escaped from the Department of Youth Corrections in Logan County and stole the Durango in Sterling.
The juveniles are now facing charges in Colorado and Wyoming.