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Troopers hit: Suspect challenging evidence

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Posted at 9:10 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 11:10:39-04

A man accused of killing a Colorado State Patrol cadet and injuring a trooper in May during a high-speed chase says the Colorado State Patrol violated its own policies during the chase and he wants some of the evidence thrown out.

Attorneys for Christopher Gebers say CSP Sgt. James Hirth did not follow patrol procedures when he attempted to stop Gebers. They say Hirth had no reason to pull Gebers over.

According to the Longmont Times-Call, the state patrol ordered an internal investigation of its procedures, but declined comment.

Prosecutors say Gebers was fleeing a traffic stop when he came upon an unrelated traffic crash west of Longmont and struck Trooper Clinton Rushing and Cadet Taylor Thyfault.

Thyfault was killed, Rushing was seriously injured. Gebers is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Gebers blames a mechanical malfunction on his car for the crash.