Wanted parolee’s river float stopped by long arm of law

Grand Junction police officer Ray Salmon takes Oliver Anderson into custody Thursday afternoon, after a manhunt with a canine officer in Clifton.

A parolee with a long arrest history in Mesa County was arrested Thursday after running from officers during a traffic stop in Clifton and briefly hiding in a nearby home, authorities said.

Oliver Anderson, 35, of Grand Junction, was arrested around 4 p.m. after he slipped out a back door of a home in the 3200 block of Collyer Avenue, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said.

Deputies, assisted by Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers and a police dog from the Grand Junction Police Department, chased Anderson into a field, where they caught him.

Once he was arrested, an ambulance was called, but McCammon said she didn’t know if Anderson was bitten by the police dog.

McCammon said Anderson’s parole officer earlier Thursday provided information suggesting Anderson would be in the Clifton area.

A warrant for Anderson’s arrest had been issued for suspicion of absconding parole, she said.

Anderson was spotted by officers as a passenger in a pickup, which was stopped around Second and Front streets. Anderson ran away when officers tried to contact him.

Officers were told Anderson and the driver of the truck, a woman, were headed to Palisade for a float trip on the Colorado River, McCammon said.

Aside from the warrant, McCammon said Anderson will faces additional charges, including resisting arrest.

According to records with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Anderson has made four trips to state prison since 1995 and has been arrested at least 13 times by Grand Valley law enforcement agencies since 1993.

He most recently was sent to prison in December 2003 following a conviction for second-degree assault.

The records do not specify when he was released on parole.


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