Zachary Tangney, 25, of Kremmling was taken into custody last night at the Kum & Go in Kremmling by Lieutenant Todd Willson of the Kremmling Police Department and Sergeant Derrick Bell of the Grand County Sheriff Department. Tangney was subdued after a brief altercation with Law Enforcement. He is being held at the Grand County Detention Center in Hot Sulphur Springs without bond.
“Sheriff Brett Schroetlin and I are proud of our law enforcement officers for removing a dangerous criminal from our community. This was a result of continuous team work,” said Kremmling Police Chief Jamie Lucas.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on April 30, 2019 after he allegedly took the police on a high speed pursuit and intentionally rammed one of the Sheriff’s vehicles nearly head on April 29, 2019. This high pursuit chase ended in a nearly seven hour stand-off in Rayner’s trailer court. Law enforcement agencies had to stand down after a warrant was unable to be secured from 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley A. Hill of Steamboat Springs who was on call for the evening.
This was not the first high pursuit chase Tangney was involved in where he eluded law enforcement.
As a Habitual Traffic Offender, Tangney’s driving license was previously revoked in 2014.
Then on two separate incidences in 2016 and 2018, Tangney eluded law enforcement when they attempted to stop him for excessive speeds on Highway 40.
On May 11, 2016, Tangney dodged Grand County Sheriff’s officers after they attempted to pull him over for speeding 95 mile per in a 65 miles per hour zone. He abandoned his vehicle near the Ritschard Ranch on 414449 U.S. Highway 40 and fled on foot. He was given a deferred judgment and sentence for three years for a misdemeanor 1 charge on driving with a revoked license.
On August 1, 2018, Tangney once again eluded law enforcement officials after being pursued by a Colorado State Trooper who clocked speeds up to 113 mile per hour during the chase. During this incident, Tangney also took refuge in Rayner’s trailer court and abandoned the vehicle he was driving. The investigation for this incident required three months, and a warrant was issued on October 4, 2018. This case is still active, and Tangney is facing revocation of his probation and deferred sentencing from the May 11 incidence. His court date for revocation of probation is currently scheduled for May 13, 2019.
Incidentally, when the abandoned vehicles were searched in both of these incidences, an empty holster was discovered which led law enforcement agents to conclude Tangney could have been armed when he was fleeing on foot.