Suspect who stole vehicle still at large


— Hayden and Steamboat Springs police are trying to find a suspect who stole a Suburban from a Steamboat Springs resort company last week.

The suspect was last seen early Sunday morning in the Meadow Village Trailer Court in Hayden when an officer stopped the vehicle.

The suspect was able to elude authorities on foot but police were able to recover the stolen vehicle.

"The man got trapped in the trailer court," Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said. "He could not drive out, so he ran."

Hayden Officer Ed Corriveau was unable to chase after the suspect because he had to stop the Suburban.

"The suspect put the vehicle in reverse and jumped out," Lenahan said. "Ed had to get out of his vehicle and jump in the other vehicle. He had to get in the vehicle and take it out of gear."

The Suburban has been turned over to Steamboat Springs police, and the department is dusting the vehicle for prints, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

After stopping the Suburban at about 12:30 a.m., Corriveau called for additional officers to search for the man.

Routt County Sheriff's deputies and Colorado State Patrol officers assisted Hayden officers in the search. A search dog from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office was also used.

Authorities looked for the suspect for about three hours before they called off the search at about 4:30 a.m., Lenahan said.

"Ed was not able to get a good look at the suspect," Lenahan said. "Just a cloud of dust and a vehicle rolling toward him."

Corriveau attempted to stop the vehicle as it was traveling on U.S. 40, Lenahan said.

"The vehicle was speeding," he said.

Corriveau called in the license plate number and found out the Suburban had been stolen from Steamboat Springs. Police also found a half-full bottle of liquor in

the vehicle.


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