WB I-70 closed near Empire after deputy shoots suspect along highway

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CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — Westbound I-70 was closed Friday night just before the Empire exit because of “police activity.”

A press release from the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office says there was a police chase and officer involved shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a suspected DUI driver along I-70 before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. The release says the driver would not stop and hit a vehicle in front of him, and then kept hitting the car as if trying to push it out of the way.

One deputy shot the driver according to the release.

Westbound traffic was backed up for miles. CDOT says delays were lasting up to two hours.

Traffic was being diverted onto Alvarado Frontage Road and then let back on I-70 at Georgetown.

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