Stolen car found after running out of gas

Desiree Vallejos, 18, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, driving with a denied license, and possession of methamphetamine, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Colorado State Patrol troopers were dispatched shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday to assist a group of three adults and two teens who were traveling in a vehicle that had run out of gas at mile marker 42 on U.S. Highway 50 in Whitewater. A trooper ran a check on the vehicle, a silver 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass, and its license plate number and found the sedan had been reported stolen.

A Mesa County sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and spoke with Vallejos, who had been driving the car. She told the deputy she stayed at a friend’s house Tuesday night and left in the friend’s car at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest affidavit. Vallejos said she drove to Delta, then Rifle, then Montrose and planned to drive back to the Grand Valley on Thursday afternoon when she ran out of gas, according to the affidavit.

The friend reported her car stolen late Wednesday night in the 3200 block of White Avenue and said Vallejos had spent the night Tuesday along with some other people but was gone in the morning on Wednesday. The car owner said she tried to contact Vallejos to get her car back but was unable to do so. The friend said she never gave Vallejos permission to take or use the car.

The car’s owner told deputies Vallejos’ grandmother spotted the teenager in a silver car in Delta and that Vallejos “put on Facebook that she was going to stay where she was at because she know (sic) the cops were looking for her,” according to the affidavit.

A deputy found a plastic baggie that contained a white, crystalline substance in plain view on the driver’s seat after responding to the stolen vehicle call in Whitewater. The substance tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.


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