A 21-year-old woman who drove away from El Paso County sheriff’s deputies after her friend was shot during an attempted traffic stop last year pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor vehicular eluding on Friday.
Brittany Angel of Colorado Springs will be sentenced to time served under a plea deal with prosecutors, the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.
Angel was the passenger in a car driven by 27-year-old Christen Vargas. Vargas, who sped from an attempted traffic stop on South Nevada Avenue, was shot in the driver’s seat after running over a sheriff’s deputy’s foot, authorities say. Angel moved her body and took over driving, managing to flee.
She was arrested several days after police found Vargas’ body in the car, which had been abandoned at Memorial Hospital.
An internal affairs investigation later concluded that the deputy who shot Angel shouldn’t have drawn his gun during the encounter
Fourth Judicial District Judge Timothy J. Schutz is expected to impose Angel’s sentence on Monday – the day she was to begin trial. Prosecutors agreed to drop charges of tampering with evidence, concealing a death and reckless driving in exchange for her guilty plea to the eluding count.
Vargas served at least 90 days in jail before posting a $11,000 bond, sources said.
The plea deal came as attorneys in the case were battling about the extent to which the defense could dwell on mistakes by El Paso County sheriff’s deputies in trying to halt Angel’s escape.