Auto-Theft Crash

By: AP
By: AP

A man suspected of stealing a car and then crashing it in Pueblo has lost his left foot to amputation after emergency workers spent more than two hours trying to extricate him from the car's wreckage.

Pueblo police Captain Linda Grisham says 21-year-old Robert Olivas is recovering in the hospital after the Thursday crash.

She says he suffered severe fractures of his right foot and leg, and may have to under go surgery later this week to remove more of his left leg.

She says police will recommend that prosecutors charge Olivas with felony auto theft, reckless driving resulting in injury and driving under the influence of alcohol -- and possibly other charges.

Grisham also says the owner of the 1989 Jaguar that was stolen and crashed has been ticketed for leaving the car unattended and running and for failing to provide proof of insurance.

Olivas allegedly stole the car while it was parked and running outside of a liquor store.

Witnesses have told police they saw the car speeding and weaving through traffic before the driver lost control and hit another car, spun and slammed into a streetlight pole.

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