80-mile, high-speed police chase through Flagler, Deer Trail, Limon, Byers ends in arrest

Suspect from Washington State

A driver led deputies, police officers and state troopers on a high-speed chase Saturday for more than 80 miles through five counties.

A Kit Carson County Sheriff's Office deputy tried to stop a silver Volkswagen sedan on westbound I-70 near Flagler around 4 p.m. on Saturday. The vehicle had been reported as stolen in Washington state and at the time of the theft the suspect was reported as armed and dangerous, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The deputy said the driver failed to stop and a high-speed chase started.

However, a few minutes later, deputies said they stopped chasing the driver.

Lincoln County sheriff's deputies along with Limon Police Department said they spotted the vehicle on I-70 about 25 miles from where the first chase started and tried to stop the driver again. The driver didn't stop and another high-speed chase ensued for a short time, but Lincoln County deputies disengaged after a short pursuit, the Colorado State Patrol said.

A State Trooper spotted the vehicle another 40 miles away at a gas station in Deer Trail. The trooper tried to contact the driver, but the driver fled, officials said.

The State Patrol said the troopers did not actively pursue the vehicle, but asked for help from the Adams and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Offices to saturate the area.

When the driver pulled into a driveway near Highway 36 and Calhoun Road, just north of Byers, he was taken into custody on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a dangerous weapon, reckless driving, vehicular eluding, and for driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Authorities in Yakima, Wash. said the driver is 21-year-old Marcel Maldonado from Grandview, Wash.  He is suspected of several holdups in the Yakima area as well as carjacking several vehicles, one of which is the Volkswagen that was recovered in the Colorado chase, authorities in Yakima said.

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