DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - The man suspected of stealing a running SUV with a boy inside and leading police on a high-speed pursuit that spanned from Longmont to Lone Tree will be prosecuted in Douglas County.
"We're gonna file charges down here in Douglas County," said 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler. "I have assigned one of my top prosecutors to this case, his name is Jason Sears."
"Charges, as you know, are filed 72 hours after the suspect in the case is brought to court for the first time," Brauchler said. "[That's] likely not going to happen today, he's got to be medically cleared before he's brought back to court."
The suspect, Ryan Stone, 28, remains in the hospital but will be arrested after he is released.
During a news conference Thursday morning, Boulder County DA Stan Garnett said they were "Likely to ask for a very substantial sentence."
Stone also had a warrant for his arrest before the chase ever began. Brauchler's office wanted him arrested last week, but records show Stone exited a courtroom before the case could be called.
"He does have a warrant for his arrest and he is facing numerous charges out of Longmont for our incident and all the incidents along the way," Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur confirmed Wednesday, after the chase.
Stone has an extensive criminal record, including multiple drug and theft charges and at least one restraining order.
The Colorado State Patrol trooper who was hit by a hijacked car remained in the hospital Thursday.
"I think it will be a long road to recovery but he is in good spirits," said Col. Hernandez with the Colorado State Patrol.
Trooper Bellamann Hee suffered serious injuries to legs but will not lose any limbs.