Tuesday morning (February 9), a private citizen spotted a vehicle matching the description of a New Mexico initiated Amber Alert in Raton New Mexico. The citizen confirmed the plate and notified local authorities. At approximately 6:52 a.m. the Colorado State Patrol was notified that the suspected vehicle was northbound from New Mexico. Colorado State troopers were set up north of the New Mexico state line and observed a 2004 Cadillac matching the description in the Amber Alert and attempted to make contact.
The trooper attempted to contact the Cadillac northbound I-25 near mile marker 16 at 7:08 a.m. Upon activation of the trooper's lights and siren the Cadillac sped up and began to drive recklessly reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. Stop Sticks were successfully deployed around mile marker 41 near Walsenburg. After traveling approximately a mile and a half after striking the Stop Sticks, the driver lost control of the Cadillac and drove into the center median across southbound lanes of I-25 and onto the frontage road where the vehicle rolled. During the rollover sequence the driver and two year old passenger were ejected from the vehicle.
The driver has been identified as Ramiro Tirado, a 19 year old male, was transported by ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo with Moderate Injuries.
The unidentified two year old female passenger was transported by Helicopter to Children's Hospital in Aurora with moderate injuries. It was confirmed that the female passenger was the one listed in the original Amber Alert.
The Colorado State Patrol is working with authorities in New Mexico to further investigate this incident.