Friday, September 4, 2015

Chase ends in arrest

By Will Bublitz

Local law enforcement officers finally corralled and arrested an auto theft suspect who initially eluded them after a high speed chase inside Limon last week.

The suspect, 29-year-old Aaron Cannell of Broomfield, surrendered to the officers after they found him hiding inside a house in a residential area of the town. He is currently being held at the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo facing multiple charges.

The incident that led to Cannell’s arrest began about 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 when the Limon Police received a radio message that a 1988 Chevrolet pickup owned by the Town of Hugo had been stolen and was headed toward Limon on Highway 40/287.

“After being notified, I went out on the highway, spotted the pickup and turned to follow it,” Limon Police Chief Lynn Yowell said. “As the vehicle entered the town, it pulled into the parking lot of the Ace Hardware and stopped. I drove into the parking lot and activated my patrol vehicle’s lights. That’s when the pursuit began.”

The stolen Chevy pickup rocketed out of the parking lot and turned west onto Limon’s Main Street at a high-rate of speed.

“The suspect was driving down the wrong side of Main Street,” Yowell said. “The pursuit continued into town at speeds reaching 75 mph. The suspect then began making U-turns and driving extremely recklessly trying to lose me.”

The pursuit turned off Main Street onto the residential streets of the town’s east side. Meanwhile, other law enforcement officers were converging on the area to assist Yowell.
“After about 5 minutes of pursuit, we lost the suspect when he drove down the walking path between C and D avenues,” Yowell said. “We later found the stolen pickup abandoned behind All About Auto. We talked with residents of the area who reported seeing the suspect running to the west.”

Following all available leads, the officers tracked the suspect to a residence on M Avenue. The suspect allegedly broke into that house to gain entry.

After surrounding the residence, Limon Police contacted its owner who was at work and received permission to enter it. Yowell, two Limon Police officers and members of the Hugo Marshal’s Office then went into the house to search for the suspect.

“We found him hiding in a bedroom closet,” Yowell said. “He was taken into custody without incident.”

As of last week, the charges that Cannell is tentatively facing include: second degree burglary, aggravated motor vehicle theft in the first degree, first degree criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, operating a motor vehicle after license revoked for an alcohol offense, reckless driving, eluding and speeding 40 mph above the posted limited. Bond has tentatively been set at $250,000.

“We received assistance during this incident from both the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Hugo Marshal’s Office,” Yowell said. “We greatly appreciate their help in getting this suspect stopped and taken into custody.”

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