Man arrested in car theft

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A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stealing a car.

Andrew Patton Amman, 38, faces charges of second-degree motor vehicle theft charges, a Class 6 felony, as well as a DUI.

Amman had been drinking at Saturday's Steamboat Mountain Brewfest when he allegedly got into a 1992 blue Honda Civic that was parked in front of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel in the 2300 block of Mount Werner Circle and drove away, police Capt. Joel Rae said. The car was reported missing at 6 p.m.

The vehicle belonged to Jer--emiah Hansen, 24, of Steamboat. Hansen had left the keys in the ignition of the vehicle. As he walked out of the Steamboat Grand, Hansen watched a man he could not identify driving his car north on Mount Werner Circle.

Shortly after Hansen called police, the information about the vehicle was dispatched to local law enforcement radios, including the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Rae said a DOW official thought she found the vehicle abandoned on Steamboat Boulevard and notified police.

Routt County sheriff's officers later found a man wearing a dark shirt and a baseball cap, matching the description Hansen gave of the man who drove off with his car, walking down Steamboat Boulevard with a stick.

After officers confirmed that the abandoned vehicle was the same vehicle Hansen reported missing, sheriff's deputies contacted Amman to question him.

Hansen was brought to where his vehicle was found while Amman was taken into custody. After police reviewed the security tapes at the Steamboat Grand, Amman was arrested.

Rae said Amman appeared intoxicated and became confrontational with officers while they were taking him into custody.

Rae said at least four other people were arrested Saturday after Brewfest. Rae said several people were arrested on suspicion of fighting and were charged with disorderly conduct.

Amman was taken to Routt County Jail, where he was being held on a $1,000 bond. Amman will appear in Routt County Court on the charges at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11.

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