Suspect steals cruiser from Adams County deputy, leads short chase that ends in crash with CSP car

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A deputy's patrol vehicle was stolen, chased and crashed into all in the span of about 10 minutes Monday morning.

The incident ended when the Colorado State Patrol crashed into the stolen deputy's patrol car and the shirtless suspect was taken into custody.

The incident began just before 9:15 a.m. in the area of 66th Avenue and Knox Court,  when an Adams County sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the area in response to a "disturbance," said Sgt. Paul Gregory, with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.

"He was immediately contacted by a male subject near the residence and got out of his patrol vehicle, and a struggle ensued between he and a subject," Gregory said of the experienced deputy. "The subject was able to get into the deputy's patrol vehicle and leave the area."

Investigators said the suspect fled the scene driving at speeds that exceeded 100 mph.

"Very high rates of speed and that's one of the reasons why we decided to move on this car so quickly here on Pecos," said Capt. Jeff Goodwin of Colorado State Patrol.

A witness told 7NEWS the patrol car was headed eastbound on Highway 36, exited at Pecos and collided with a CSP vehicle.

Adams County officials said the vehicle was "recovered by CSP in area of 70th Ave and Pecos St at about 9:25."

The shirtless and barefoot suspect was taken into custody, 7NEWS Reporter Tyler Lopez said. The man did not have any obvious injuries.

"Because he was unable to figure out how to operate the patrol car's lighting equipment, we didn't have a whole lot of people moving over, pulling over and making a path for him to further escape," Goodwin said.

That's when a trooper crashed into the Adams County patrol car to stop it and pulled a weapon to arrest the driver, the CSP said.

Pecos reopened fully at 11 a.m.

Gregory said the entire situation will be reviewed and possible charges for the suspect could include assault, reckless driving and motor vehicle theft. The suspect has not been identified.

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