Suspected drunken driver arrested after pursuit, crash

Police allege that a Grand Junction man sped from state troopers Sunday morning with two people in his car, ditched it after crashing into another car and briefly holed up inside his home.

John McKeen Smith, 28, 1508 Main St., No. 1, was booked into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of a number of felony and misdemeanor offenses. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance this afternoon.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Matt Jakopic said he pulled Smith over on the Interstate 70 Business Loop near Harmony Road after clocking him traveling 61 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Jakopic said he obtained a driver’s license and vehicle registration from Smith, whose license was restrained because of a previous drunken-driving arrest, and returned to the driver’s side of the car.

“I asked him to get out so I could talk to him,” and then Smith drove off with a man and woman inside the car, Jakopic said.

He said Smith crashed into a parked car, continued fleeing on foot and ran into his house. Grand Junction police were able to obtain Smith’s phone number and called him inside the house.

Smith emerged about 30 minutes later and was taken into custody just before 3 a.m., Jakopic said.

Smith was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, vehicular eluding, criminal impersonation, menacing, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under restraint, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, hit-and-run, failing to report an accident, speeding and having no proof of insurance.

Jakopic declined to explain the kidnapping and menacing charges other than to say they related to the two people inside Smith’s vehicle.


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