Deputies Chase, Use Pit Maneuver On Alleged 'Puffer' Thieves

Woman's Car Stolen While Warming Up On Driveway

A woman who left her car running in the driveway to warm up in Highlands Ranch Thursday morning had her car stolen, but thanks to quick work by deputies, her car was found and the alleged "puffer" thieves were taken into custody.

It started at about 6:30 a.m. when a woman living in the 6900 block of Edgewood Trail called 911, saying that she briefly left her unattended to warm up and it was stolen.

Within minutes a Douglas county deputy spotted the car at the King Soopers parking lot at Quebec and Business Center Drive. The driver refused to stop and the chase went south on Quebec.

The driver made a U-turn on Quebec, darting in and out of traffic, deputies said. The suspect was driving so recklessly, officers decided to perform a pit maneuver and forced the car into the median just south of C-470.

Three men inside tried to run, but didn't get far. Deputies arrested all three a short time later.

One Douglas County deputy suffered minor injuries while taking the suspects into custody. There were no other injuries reported.

Investigators say the three men may be connected to an earlier attempted motor vehicle theft around 6 a.m. in Highlands Ranch.

The three suspects in custody have been identified as Christobal Torres, 24; Douglas Hansen, 31; and Patrick Fullerton, 21.

All three suspects are currently being booked into the Douglas County Detention Facility. Each faces one or more of the following charges -- aggravated motor theft, theft by receiving, vehicular eluding, conspiracy, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, false reporting to authorities, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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