Car Stolen From Local Dealer Crashes In Colo.: Driver Claims She Was Drugged

A woman arrested after a car stolen from a local dealership crashed in Colorado told officers she had been forced to take drugs for several days and that someone put her in the vehicle and ordered her to drive.

Bridgette Sandoval (Jail photo)

DENVER (January 24, 2013)—Bridgette Sandoval, 28, remained in the Jefferson County, Colo. Jail Thursday evening, facing a long list of charges in connection with a bizarre series of events that started with a high-speed highway chase and ended after a vehicle stolen from a Waco dealership crashed into a fence in a Denver suburb and the driver ran into a nearby business.

An arrest affidavit released this week identifies the woman who was driving the stolen car as Sandoval, and says she was arrested at an office complex after pulling a fire alarm and donning a janitor’s coveralls.

The Chevrolet Impala sedan Sandoval was driving was stolen on Dec. 20, 2012 from Greg May Honda in Waco, the affidavit said.

Sandoval is charged with a list of offenses including aggravated motor vehicle theft, burglary, vehicular eluding, possession of burglary tools, driving with a suspended license, false reporting, reckless driving, obstructing a peace officer, and altered stolen license plate tab sticker, according to online jail records.

The series of events that led to the arrest started just before 10 a.m. on Jan. 15 when a Colorado state trooper spotted a BMW that had been stolen in Silverthorne, Colo., about 15 minutes earlier.

As he tried to catch up with the BMW on Interstate 70 in the Colorado mountains west of Denver, he noticed that a gray Chevrolet sedan was trailing it, the affidavit said.

He clocked the two vehicles at speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour, the affidavit said.

The trooper caught up with the two cars in traffic in Idaho Springs, but when the traffic cleared, both vehicles took off at a high rate speed, the affidavit said.

The driver of the Chevrolet passed several other troopers who had joined the chase, which a supervisor decided to terminate because of the danger to other motorists, the affidavit said.

"The Impala passed (the trooper), pulled in front of him and was driving erratically, weaving across the road, apparently trying to prevent him from contacting that BMW," Sgt. Mike Baker with the Colorado State Patrol said.

A short time later the Chevrolet crashed into a fence at the Denver West exit from the interstate in Lakewood, a Denver suburb, and the woman who was driving ran into the private office complex where, the affidavit says, she pulled a fire alarm and then donned a janitor’s coveralls she found in a closet.

A witness said she also took a broom, dustpan and apron, the affidavit said, evidently in an attempt to disguise herself.

Sandoval was arrested outside the building at around 10:40 a.m. and was taken to a hospital.

She told investigators “she had been forced to take drugs by people over the last four days” and that “she had last injected drugs on the morning of the incident,” the affidavit said.

“I know I am on drugs now,” she said, according to the affidavit.

She said someone else had injected her with methamphetamine and heroin and “put me in a car and told me to drive…run and don’t stop,” the affidavit said.

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