GJ woman, 73, guilty of fleeing cops
A 73-year-old woman must serve two years probation for trying to elude police in a sport utility vehicle during an alleged botched burglary at a Grand Junction business in January.
Barbara Mae West, of Grand Junction, also was sentenced Tuesday to complete 48 hours of useful public service and pay fines and court costs of more than $1,700, after she pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular eluding, according to court records.
West was arrested on a warrant several weeks after an incident on the night of Jan. 23 when Grand Junction police were called about a burglary in progress at a business in the 400 block of 28 1/2 Road.
As police arrived, West sped away, driving the SUV with two men inside the vehicle, before turning onto a dead-end street, according to an arrest affidavit.
The two passengers jumped out of the vehicle before it stopped. Officers observed one man get his foot stuck under the right-rear tire before he freed himself, the affidavit said.
Both men ran away, one of them leaving a shoe behind.
West initially refused to speak with the officers, the affidavit said.
The owner of the SUV told police West explained she needed to borrow the vehicle to go to church, the affidavit said.