DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Three people were taken into custody after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) observed a stolen vehicle early Thursday morning and attempted a traffic stop, which led to a chase when the driver refused to stop.
Deputies first spotted the stolen pickup in the area of Highway 85 (Santa Fe Drive) and Blakeland Road in unincorporated Douglas County about 3:30 a.m. The vehicle was confirmed stolen from a location in Castle Rock, according to DCSO.
Deputies attempted to stop the pickup, but the driver refused to pull over and began to drive recklessly and in the wrong lanes of traffic, the sheriff's office said.
Stop sticks were used and successfully the deflated tires, which slowed the vehicle down, the sheriff's office said. The driver still refused to stop and continued to drive in the wrong lane of traffic, according to the agency.
On Santa Fe Drive south of Mineral Avenue in Littleton, deputies decided to use a tactical vehicle intervention technique as a means to eventually stop the vehicle. Once the pickup was stopped, the driver got out and ran right into the path of a responding deputy and was struck by the deputy’s vehicle.
The driver was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital. No details on exact injuries are available at this time.
The two passengers were taken into custody and will be transported to the Douglas County Detention Facility on numerous charges, as well as existing warrants.
No deputies were hurt during the pursuit.
Detectives and deputies from DCSO as well as troopers from Colorado State Patrol (CSP), were on the scene of the stop to conduct an investigation of the pursuit, DSCO said.
The City of Littleton tweeted that the northbound and southbound lanes of Santa Fe were closed due to the investigation and advised drivers to avoid the area.
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