Woman assaulted in car being chased on Orchard Mesa
Noah Franklin Godward, 39, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after leading Mesa County sheriff’s deputies on a short pursuit across Orchard Mesa.
The incident began when someone called 911 at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday to report a disturbance inside a Dodge Neon near 3214 Mesa Ave., said Heather Benjamin, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.
Deputies located the vehicle at 2:51 p.m. near B 1/2 and 32 roads. Godward, the driver, fled from deputies in the car and a three-minute pursuit ensued, Benjamin said. During the pursuit, deputies reported that Godward assaulted his female passenger, Benjamin said.
The chase stopped at 29 3/4 and B 1/2 roads and Godward continued assaulting the woman, Benjamin said. The woman tried repeatedly to get out of the car and Godward pulled her back in, until she finally was able to get out and run down a nearby driveway, Benjamin said.
At that point, to keep Godward from driving away, a deputy drove a patrol SUV into Godward’s car at a low rate of speed, Benjamin said.
The female victim was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries, Benjamin said, and Godward was booked into the Mesa County Jail.