Blotter: Aug. 29, 2009

Stolen car’s driver on run

• A male suspect remained at large Friday after he eluded troopers early Wednesday morning in a pursuit on Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The man ditched a vehicle after an 11-minute pursuit and fled on foot, and a Garfield County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit helped search for the man, but did not find him.

The State Patrol said in a news release Friday that a trooper clocked a 1987 Jeep going 67 mph in a 50 mph zone on I-70 and attempted to pull it over around 1:21 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect kept driving and took the No Name and South Canyon exits, where he ran stops signs and returned to the interstate each time. He then drove off the right side of the road, through a fence and onto railroad tracks east of the New Castle exit.

He drove off the tracks, stopped the car and ran, the news release said.

The State Patrol towed the vehicle, which it learned was stolen, and informed its Frisco owner about the incident.

Driver sought in accident

Grand Junction police have requested a warrant for the arrest of 23-year-old Jason Stathem on suspicion of vehicular assault, driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a suspended driver’s license and making a left turn in front of approaching traffic.

Police allege Stathem was involved in a two-car accident July 23 that sent a man and his wife to St. Mary’s Hospital with serious injuries.

Stathem’s attorney told police Stathem planned to turn himself in to police Aug. 12, but Stathem did not show up.

According to the Grand Junction Police Department:

• A person suspected of having explicit sexual material was arrested Tuesday on the west side of Grand Junction. Police did not provide further details Friday.

• A vandal damaged windows early Thursday morning with a blunt object at the Southside Diner, 2704 U.S. Highway 50.

• A robber with no weapon failed to take a person’s property by force Wednesday night in the 1200 block of Gunnison Avenue.

•  Property worth more than $1,000 was stolen from a home Monday in the 2600 block of Belford Avenue.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department:

• A Grand Junction man told deputies Thursday that his ex-girlfriend called him numerous times and left harassing voice mails. Deputies told the woman to leave the man alone or she could be arrested.

•  A syringe filled with amber-colored liquid was found Thursday outside the C&F Food Stores station at 422 32 Road and reported it to deputies.


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