Police chase on U.S. 285 leads to rollover accident

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By Deborah Swearingen

A police chase led to a rollover accident that shut down southbound U.S. 285 for about an hour Monday afternoon.

Around noon, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received reports of a Jeep Cherokee swerving and driving erratically in northbound traffic near Wagon Trail. A deputy began following the vehicle at South Turkey Creek Road, where the driver made an abrupt U-turn and began traveling southbound.

“A deputy got up behind it and cut his overhead lights and siren on and attempted to stop the car,” said Mark Techmeyer, spokesman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle didn’t pull over. Instead, the driver turned around and began driving northbound down the southbound side of the highway into oncoming traffic. A Jeffco deputy saw the “imminent danger” and was able to use a PIT maneuver to stop the Jeep.

A PIT maneuver, or pursuit intervention technique, is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways causing the driver to lose control and stop. Using this technique caused the Jeep to flip over, ultimately landing on its roof.

Jennifer Marie Brooks, 46, exited the vehicle, leading to a foot chase with deputies, Techmeyer added.

“She fought with the deputies and was taken into custody,” he said.

In the tussle, the suspect caused minor injuries to a deputy. Brooks was ultimately transported to the hospital but is fine now.

Brooks faces pending felony charges of first-degree assault, four counts of second-degree assault, vehicular eluding, felony menacing and two counts of attempted first-degree assault. The sheriff’s office says additional misdemeanor and traffic violations are pending, including reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

According to information posted by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, several drivers had to take “evasive measures” to avoid colliding with the driver. Brooks attempted to intentionally hit other vehicles. The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone who encountered this vehicle on Monday afternoon to call 303-271-5612 and reference case number 17-18039 to file a report.