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Man accused of stealing motorcycle in Utah arrested in northwestern CO after warning shots fired

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Posted at 3:35 PM, Sep 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 17:36:37-04

RANGELY, Colo. – Police arrested a suspect accused of stealing a motorcycle and robbing a business in northeastern Utah early Monday after he drove to the small town of Rangely in northwestern Colorado.

After an alert about the Jensen, Utah vehicle theft went out to area law enforcement, a Rangely officer spotted the suspect on the stolen motorcycle pulling into a gas station of Colorado Highway 64 around 8:30 p.m.

Police said the suspect originally went to the ground when confronted at gunpoint by the officer, but changed plans and instead got up and ran.

The officer fired two warning shots into the air, Rangely Police said, before a Rio Blanco County deputy arrived as was able to get the suspect back to the ground with his Taser.

The unidentified suspect was booked at the Rio Blanco County Jail on charges of obstructing a government operation – there was a parade planned in the area at the time – and resisting arrest.

A search of the suspect’s property and the stolen motorcycle is being conducted by Uintah County, Utah authorities.

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