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Deputy shoots suspected DUI driver pushing through heavy ski traffic

10:44 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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GEORGETOWN - A shooting involving police and a motorist backed up heavy weekend ski traffic on westbound Interstate 70 Friday evening.

Westbound I-70 at Empire was closed for several hours. It was reopened around 10:30 p.m.

The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying one of its deputies shot a male motorist who was fleeing from police. The name and condition of the motorist was not immediately released.

The statement said police tried to stop the motorist for a possible drunken-driving violation Friday afternoon but he led police on a low-speed chase through heavy traffic.

When traffic on the interstate came to a halt, authorities say the motorist repeatedly rammed the car in front of him. A deputy then shot the motorist.

The deputy involved in the shooting was not identified. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

Traffic cameras operated by the Colorado Department of Transportation showed a line of traffic backed up for several miles.

No other details were released.

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