Thieves flee car after wrecking it along I-70 near Horizon Drive

A Palisade resident awoke Sunday to see that his car had been stolen. Adding insult to injury, whoever took the vehicle crashed it along Interstate 70 near Horizon Drive.

The vehicle was westbound on the interstate when it went about 500 feet off the north side of the roadway through a chain-link fence, shearing off a telephone pole.

“I’m surprised they were able to walk away from it,” said Sgt. Jim Creasy of the Grand Junction Police Department.

Creasy said it appeared that two people were in the front seat of the vehicle because both airbags deployed. It also appeared that the vehicle’s occupants attempted to tuck the bags back into the dashboard and steering wheel before leaving the scene.

The vehicle was reported stolen at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, but it could have been stolen any time after 11 p.m. Saturday night, the last time the owner knew it was in his possession.

The smashed-up vehicle was reported to police by a passerby around 10:30 a.m.

Police do not have any leads in the case. Anyone with information should call the Police Department at 244-3555.


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