- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A judge Wednesday ordered the driver accused of killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet in a crash that also critically injured a trooper held without bond until a preliminary hearing in July.

The ruling came as 27-year-old Christopher Gebers, dressed in an orange and white striped jail uniform, made his first court appearance since being arrested in Saturday’s wreck that killed cadet Taylor Thyfault and seriously hurt Trooper Clinton Rushing, the Daily Camera newspaper (https://bit.ly/1ExAK4N ) reported.

Police say Gebers was fleeing a traffic stop Saturday when he plowed into the scene of a previous crash investigation in Longmont.

Gebers swerved to miss stop sticks and hit Rushing, sending him flying into the air, according to an arrest affidavit. Gebers then lost control, drove off Colorado Highway 66 and struck Thyfault, police say.

According to the affidavit, witnesses estimated that Gebers was driving between 70 and 90 mph.

Gebers says the emergency brake on his Honda Civic locked up, and the accelerator was stuck.

The chase started after an officer tried to pull over Gebers just west of Interstate 25 in Weld County for having illegal blue headlights.

Gebers is scheduled to appear in court again Monday for the formal filing of charges against him.

The July hearing will determine if he’ll stand trial.


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