ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — An Albuquerque man who police say took his 2-year-old daughter from her mother at gunpoint fled north to Colorado on Tuesday before his vehicle hit troopers' spike strips, rolled over and ejected both him and the toddler, authorities said.
Two-year-old Denise Tirado was airlifted to a Denver hospital, and her father was taken to a Pueblo, Colorado, hospital, according to Colorado State Police. The crash happened near Trinidad, about 20 miles north of the New Mexico border.
Both suffered moderate injuries, the state patrol said.
Officer Tanner Tixier, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said 19-year-old Ramiro Tirado took his daughter from an Albuquerque home on Monday evening. The legal guardian of the child wasn't immediately known.
"I don't know if he had the right to take the baby or not," Tixier said. "Regardless, the manner in which he took the child was unacceptable."
Officers responded to a 911 call from the 2-year-old's grandmother, who reportedly only told the operator, "Send police." After officers arrived, the grandmother said Tirado had pointed a gun at the head of her daughter and threatened to kill her before fleeing with the toddler, Tixier said.
It was several hours before police issued an Amber Alert for the girl around 3 a.m. Tuesday, said Tixier, because the investigation was hampered for several hours as investigators tried to find the 2-year-old's mother, who had fled to a hotel. It's unclear why the mother left the scene.
A driver in northern New Mexico who received the Amber Alert reported seeing Tirado's Cadillac Escalade near Raton, New Mexico, before 7 a.m.
Colorado state troopers tried to pull over Tirado on Interstate-25 after he crossed the state line, but the suspect fled, reaching up to 100 mph during the 25-mile chase.
Tirado' SUV crashed into a median and rolled over a mile and a half after hitting troopers' spike strips, officials said.
Tixier said investigators were drafting warrants to extradite Tirado back to New Mexico.