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Photos: Six people hurt in Thornton crash after Northglenn police chase alleged car thief

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There's always debate about when police should engage in a car chase with suspects -- and when doing so is simply too dangerous for everyone involved, including innocent bystanders.

Against that backdrop, we offer the facts that have surfaced thus far about a rollover crash in Thornton that injured six -- count 'em -- six people.

The alleged crime: car theft. And yes, the smash-up was spurred by police pursuit.

The agency that first reported about the incident was the Thornton Police Department -- which, interestingly enough, isn't the force that was involved in the chase. Rather, it's the one charged with cleaning up the mess.

At about 5:24 a.m. this morning, the TPD reveals, officers were called to the intersection of Thornton Parkway and Washington Street "to assist the Northglenn Police Department with an accident at that location."

This is what the officers found when they arrived, as seen in a photo a viewer provided to 7News:

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What happened? According to the TPD, Northglenn cops were trying to stop a suspected stolen vehicle, but the driver of the car in question rabbited through the intersection, running a red light in the process -- and colliding with another car.

The driver managed to get out of the car and hot-foot it, but only briefly. He was soon apprehended, and apparently injured. He and the occupants of the vehicle -- 7News counts three passengers -- were taken to a nearby hospital. And so, too, were two people in the car struck by the fleeing vehicle.

Here's a helicopter shot from the station showing the aftermath of the wreck:

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At this point, there's no word about specific charges against the driver, but he's already been earmarked for custody as soon as he's received treatment. In the meantime, the incident is being investigated by the North Metro Accident Reconstruction Team, which will no doubt be charged with determining if the crash could have been avoided.

Anyone with additional info about what went down is encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers at Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Salvador Negrette, alleged road rager: Car chase ended with beatdown, police say."


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babygirl17199089
babygirl17199089

Well im one of the ones that was in the car upside down i was also the worse off with injuries but im doing better

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This ISN'T 'Hazzard County' !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Police WILL put an entire city in danger chasing an alleged shoplifter !!!

stephanierae
stephanierae

I drove by this about 30 Min after the crash and it looked awful... The worst part was that the car up on the sidewalk looked like it had an infants car seat in the back

instntkrma
instntkrma

it's always too dangerous for everyone involved. 

JimTom
JimTom

@instntkrma Yeah any time a criminal gets in a car we should just let them go.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@JimTom  Or try means as GPS which DOESN'T put 1/2 a city on accident alert due to over zealous police officers . No shots fires, SHOULD decrease police response . NOT multiply !!!

instntkrma
instntkrma

@JimTom The cops recently killed a young man in Longmont chasing a meth head. When the risk to the public from the chase is as much or greater than having to look for the criminal later, yea, you just let them go instead of hurting people.

JimTom
JimTom

@Juan_leg good idea but I have never heard of the cops using it. It may be unconstitutional to tag the car? I don't know but have you ever heard of the cops GPS tagging a car? There are always shots fired if the idiot is dumb enough to shoot at the cops.

JimTom
JimTom

@instntkrma Who makes that call and when? So what happens after they let the meth-head go and he robs and shoots a guy at the next liquor store. Was that a good call then? Should they have chased then? The point is if you let them go odds are they are going to commit more crime, do you want to be the next victim of the guy they stopped chasing?

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