High-speed pursuit ends in man’s arrest

A Grand Junction man who was about to be stopped for a traffic violation led three law enforcement agencies on a high-speed car chase Thursday afternoon. He then fled on foot before he was caught in his neighbor’s apartment.

Charles Evans Jr., 32, of Grand Junction was arrested after he led law enforcement to an apartment complex on Garfield Drive, where he lived, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The apartment he entered, however, was a neighbor’s. He entered the residence through an unlocked back door and stayed there before surrendering to police 20 minutes later.

A State Patrol trooper signaled for Evans to stop at 3:17 p.m. near F Road and Interstate 70 Business Loop because of what appeared to be a broken brake light and a fictitious license plate, State Patrol Cpl. J.J. Sewell said. Evans turned into a Taco Bell parking lot and kept going, leading police on a chase that topped speeds of 70 mph through business and residential neighborhoods.

The pursuit forced nearby Nisley Elementary School to briefly lock down, Sewell said.

Evans eventually abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot to the apartment complex. About 15 law enforcement officers from the Colorado State Patrol, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department responded. After holing up in the apartment for about 20 minutes, Evans came out with his hands raised and was arrested.

The State Patrol plans to search Evans’ car today, Sewell said.


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