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Three Colorado fugitives arrested after police pursuit in Salina

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Three Colorado fugitives were taken into custody in Salina after a police pursuit Wednesday. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Three Colorado fugitives were taken into custody in Salina after a police pursuit Wednesday.

Around 12:45 p.m., a Utah Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a dark grey Infiniti with Colorado tags on Interstate 70 near mile marker 126 in Emery County.

Instead of stopping, the driver sped away traveling westbound, the Salina City Police Department reported in a Facebook post.

The trooper pursued the vehicle in a chase that reached speeds of up to 120 mph.

The vehicle was able to elude the trooper for a moment, but was located again near the Gooseberry exit on I-70. The suspects fled to Salina where they were greeted by Salina City Police Chief Al Taylor.

The suspects abandoned the car near a daycare center and fled on foot, the police department posted on Facebook.

Taylor was able to take one of the suspects into custody safely behind a local convenience store.

The second suspect was hiding in a dumpster near the store and pointed a gun at Taylor.

An armed citizen noticed the 17-year-old girl and yelled at her not to shoot.

The suspect quickly ducked back into the dumpster. Moments later, she jumped out of the dumpster and started to run away. But, she was tased and taken into custody.

The third suspect was able to evade arrest for about 30 minutes. Schools in the area were put on lockdown while officials searched for him. He was found in the lobby of a local motel after people reported seeing him there, the police department reported.

Eric Robert Somerville, 22 of Littleton, Colorado, and Sean Anthony Estrada, 31 of Westminster, Colorado, were both taken to the Sevier County Jail. The girl was taken to a detention center in Richfield. She is listed as a runaway from Colorado.

These three people are all suspects in several felony cases in Colorado and Wyoming.

Salina police are working with authorities from those states to investigate the crimes.


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