Man on meth drives stolen moving truck over 4 sets of stop sticks before being taken into custody

Deputies say he admitted to using meth and alcohol

LONGMONT, Colo. - A man who admitted being on meth was taken into custody after a wild chase in Boulder County Thursday morning.

Deputies spotted a moving truck that had been reported stolen from Wheat Ridge traveling north on Highway 36, north of the City of Boulder, at about 5:30 Thursday morning. They followed the truck east on Nelson Rd. toward Longmont and attempted to stop the truck as it approached 75th St.

The driver continued east driving over four separate sets of stop sticks -- which deflated all of the truck's tires. 

Still, the truck continued east, turned west onto Ken Pratt Parkway, then got on Highway 119, deputies said. The driver turned off Hwy 119 onto the private property of Intrado Corp, where it hit a parked, but occupied vehicle. The truck left the parking lot onto Dry Creek Rd. and became high centered on a curb. 

When the driver refused to exit the vehicle, deputies used a bean bag round to break a window of the truck and deployed gas. The driver still refused to exit. 

Two deputies entered through the passenger side and removed Darell Dickens, 48.

Dickens was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment of self inflicted injuries.

Dickens told deputies he was under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol. He has a lengthy criminal history, including assault on a police officer, drug charges and parole violations.

Investigators plan to charge Darell Dickens with two active warrants -- possession of dangerous drugs and assault on a peace officer -- as well as aggravated motor vehicle theft, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under restraint, eluding, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest and additional traffic charges. 

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