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Man stole several vehicles, fled police through several northern Colorado counties before arrest

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Posted at 1:09 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 15:13:39-05

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – A 19-year-old man faces more than 20 charges after he stole several cars while leading police and deputies on a pursuit through several northern Colorado counties Wednesday afternoon before crashing in Loveland.

Dylan Unruh, 19, was first contacted by Larimer County sheriff’s deputies around 3 p.m. Wednesday driving a stolen car while intoxicated near Owl Canyon, the sheriff’s office says.

Deputies pursued him for a short while, but terminated the pursuit “due to the suspect’s extremely dangerous driving.”

Unruh was spotted again about an hour later, when he crashed on southbound I-25 near the Berthoud exit.

The sheriff’s office says he ran to a nearby house after the crash, stole another vehicle and got away.

He drove to Boulder County, where he stole another vehicle at knifepoint and headed north on Highway 287 toward Loveland.

Law enforcement continued to pursue him there, and eventually were able to disable his stolen car after using spike strips and PIT maneuvers. Law enforcement arrested Unruh in front of the Sonic at South Lincoln and 8th Street after a short foot pursuit just after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office says one person was injured when the car Unruh was in hit another car as it was disabled.

Unruh was hospitalized for evaluation because of his suspected intoxication.

Court records show Unruh is being held at the Larimer County jail without bond. He faces 23 charges stemming from his crime spree:

  • Felony menacing
  • Second-degree burglary
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Three counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft
  • Criminal mischief
  • Three counts of first-degree criminal trespass
  • Second-degree criminal trespass
  • Resisting arrest
  • Two counts of vehicular eluding
  • Driving with a suspended/revoked license
  • Driving under the influence
  • Three counts of reckless driving
  • Failing to report damage to a highway
  • Failing to report a crash

“Sometimes we have no choice but to use all available options to stop a fleeing suspect,” Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said in a news release. “Given the extreme violence being displayed by the suspect in last night's incident, and the danger he posed, we reached the point that he had to be stopped.”

Investigators from the sheriff’s office say they are looking to talk with anyone who had contact with Unruh on I-25 near Highway 56 after his initial crash. If you did, call Investigator Justin Atwood at 970-498-5143.

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