FOUNTAIN, Colo. (KKTV) - A quiet Fountain street was action-packed early Thursday morning after a driver's alleged attempt at a hit-and-run failed spectacularly.
After crashing into two houses on Avienda Del Cielo, the driver ditched the pickup, leaving it sticking out of a gaping hole on the side of a garage. He ran a block north to Ancestra Drive and promptly ran into a police officer patrolling the area. Due to it being 3:40 in the morning, the officer asked the man if he was OK. The spooked suspect turned and ran back across the field separating the two streets.
As police searched the field, a woman on Avienda Del Cielo called 911 to report a man banging on her door and asking to be let in. Officers responded to the street and discovered the original crash scene a couple of doors down from the woman's house.
Meanwhile, the suspect made his way further down the street where, instead of knocking, he let himself in. A very freaked out mother discovered the stranger in her younger son's bedroom and lured him out while her older son called police. The boys then hid in a bedroom while their mother kept an eye on the intruder. Officers pulled the boys out of a window to get them to safety and then arrested the suspect.
The mother tells 11 News the reason the intruder gave for breaking in was that he wanted to use a phone to call his friends to pick him up.
The suspect has since been identified by police as 20-year-old Davijo Velarde. Velarde faces charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft and second-degree burglary.