A high-speed chase through the streets of Denver came to an end after the suspect tried--and failed--to jump a fence to flee police on foot.
Caught on camera, the suspect was seen on the ground after his thwarted getaway attempt, officers surrounding him.
The situation started at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, when authorities say the suspect stole a Ford SUV from a gas station in Longmont with a 4-year-old inside. An Amber Alert was issued as authorities raced to find the driver and little boy.
The suspect raced through multiple counties as he drove south from Longmont, reportedly reaching speeds up to 80 mph and at times driving in the wrong direction.
Around 7:30 a.m., the suspect pulled over at I-76 and 136th in Adams County, ditched the SUV and forced passengers in a gold minivan out of the vehicle. A woman was seen jumping out of the passenger side and running, as the suspect peeled away across gravel and got back onto the highway. Four-year-old Allen Chavarria-Rodriguez was left in the abandoned SUV unharmed, and was later reunited with his mother.
At one point, the suspect stopped the minivan, got out and started darting back and forth around the vehicle in a confused manner before getting back in and driving away. He was driving erratically, speeding in the wrong direction on the interstate and weaving in and out of lanes.
Just after 8 a.m., the suspect started ramming into multiple vehicles on E-470, finally forcing one driver to pull over. The female tried fighting for her car before he peeled away. Stunned, she was caught on video trying to run after it.
But a few minutes later, the suspect's wild ride came to an end at Lincoln Parkway and Peoria in Douglas County after he crashed his third stolen car and make a run for it. He sprinted across the road and a couple of parking lots, then hopped a fence. He was seen stumbling on the icy surface before falling--then officers swooped in and apprehended him.
The suspect has been identified as Ryan Stone.
Authorities addressed the media after Stone was detained.
"Officers did exactly what they should have done," Undersheriff Tony Spurlock with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said. "They did an excellent job."
One state trooper was reportedly injured in the chase while deploying stop sticks. He's been identified as Bellamann Hee, a trooper out of the CSP Castle Rock office. Hee is reportedly active in the community. often volunteering with events such as Tip-A-Cop.
"It's a rare instance," Spurlock said, "But the outcome...unfortunately a Colorado state trooper was injured. It is a tragedy."
Hee underwent surgery Wednesday, and is in stable condition.
Stone was also taken to the hospital to be checked out. All others involved in the incident were unharmed, though at least six vehicles were damaged.
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