GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies were conducting patrols in the neighborhoods near Patterson Road and 29 1/2 Road in Grand Junction when they saw a suspicious car speed off. Deputies pursued and tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver continued driving with speeds topping 70 mph.

During the pursuit, the driver drove on the wrong side of the road and also crashed into a patrol car that was responding. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle using a tactical maneuver in the area near Bentwood St. and E 1/2 Road.

The driver, who was arrested without incident, has been identified as 23-year-old Tucker Wesson. He was charged with:

  • Vehicular Eluding (F5)
  • Criminal Mischief (F6)
  • Reckless Endangerment (M3)
  • Obstructing Peace Officer (M2)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Improper Use of Flashing Turn Signal (2 counts)
  • Failed to Stop/Remain at Scene of Accident
  • Failure to Stop at Sign
  • Drove Vehicle When License Under Restraint (Revoked)

Wesson was transported to the hospital as a precaution before being booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility (MCDF). No other injuries were reported.

Two other passengers, Madalen Vaughn-Thompson (18) and Anthony Hadden (19), were arrested on unrelated warrants and transported to the MCDF. An unnamed passenger was issued a summons for Possession of a Schedule I/II Substance. A fifth person in the car was released on scene with no charges.