Chase ends with fatality

By Tobie Baker Journal staff writer

An Arizona man involved in high-speed chase with the Colorado State Patrol was pronounced dead on the scene last week following a head-on collision with a semi-truck.

A Colorado State Patrol spokesperson confirmed that Clint Larry, 22, of Arizona, was killed instantly when he rammed his 2012 Chevrolet Malibu head on into a 2013 Freightliner around 1:11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, near mile marker 36 on U.S. 160.

The high-speed pursuit involving two state police cars was launched about 10 minutes earlier near Lewis when Larry was clocked driving southbound on U.S. 491 at speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h.

Alcohol was suspected to play a role in the incident, the spokesperson said.

A 17-year-old passenger in Larry’s vehicle, also from Arizona was taken to Southwest Memorial Hospital for life-threatening injuries. His medical condition is unknown.

Both from Texas, the driver and a passenger of the semi were uninjured.

Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell reported that Larry was straddling both north- and southbound lanes at an estimated 112 m.p.h.

Cortez Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Vandevoorde said his crews were on the scene for nearly four hours.

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