Stabbing leads to damaging downtown police chase

9:34 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - Police say two men stabbed a man in broad daylight in  downtown Denver around 3 p.m. Less than an hour later, the suspects were spotted by police who led them on a chase which crashed into two other cars and an electrical pole.

A man stabbed in front of the Lobby Grill at 22nd and Arapahoe. Witnesses told police the suspect fled in a white extended cap pickup truck.

About 45 minutes later, the truck spotted by officers in the area and a chase ensued. At 29th Avenue and Brighton Boulevard, police say the pickup truck hit an SUV sending over the median into oncoming traffic.

That's when it struck another car carrying Kacey Goggin who was riding with her grandmother.

"There was a high speed chase that hit this RAV 4 behind him and that sent him over the median hitting us," said Goggin. "It hit us sideways and then it flipped over."

The crash made a mess on the road, but everyone involved was okay.

"In fact, the people in the RAV 4, I am really surprised that they are okay," said Goggin. "Everyone was wearing their seatbelt which was good."

Investigators say the suspects kept driving until around 38th Avenue and Brighton Boulevard. That's when a police officer rammed his car into the pickup truck, causing it to spin off the side of the road.

The truck hit an electrical pole knocking down power lines before smashing into a chain link fence. The two suspects were captured on the scene.

The man who was stabbed was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition. No one else was injured.

Denver Police do have a strict policy when it comes to engaging in chases. One major factor is weighing the safety of bystanders verses the need the continue the pursuit.

Police were able to use a PITT maneuver to stop the vehicle at 39th and Brighton Blvd. Both suspects are in custody.


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