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Suspect Caught Following High Speed Chase

Press Release from Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office:

At approximately 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Quinton Stump encountered a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe speeding. The Tahoe was southbound on Highway 287 south of Eads.

Stump followed the vehicle for nine miles, attempting to stop the driver. During the pursuit, after crossing into Prowers County, the license plate on the vehicle came back as stolen out of El Paso County.

The pursuit continued in Prowers County, where the vehicle merged onto east-bound Highway 50. Prowers County deputies and the Colorado State Patrol joined the pursuit. CSP attempted to use stop sticks, however the driver swerved to avoid them.

The driver was ultimately stopped near the Port of Entry west of Lamar.

The driver has been identified as Joseph Layman, 29, of Virginia. He is wanted out of El Paso County on the following charges:
•Second degree assault •Domestic violence •Harassment •Third degree assault •Restraining order violation •Aggravated motor vehicle theft •Identity theft •Second degree kidnapping •Reckless endangerment

Layman now faces additional charges, including:
•Reckless driving •Felony eluding •Speeding •Driving under the influence •Driving under license revocation •Failing to drive in a single lane •Open container •Driving in a passing lane where prohibited

Layman was transported to Bent County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

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