A man who had five warrants out for his arrest in at least three other Colorado counties was arrested Thursday after he eluded law enforcement who tried to conduct a traffic stop.
According to the affidavit for Christopher Shanks' arrest, drug task force investigators were monitoring a house suspected for drug activity and saw Shanks drive away from the address with two others in the car.
When deputies tried to get Shanks to pull over, he allegedly sped away and cut through traffic. Unmarked law enforcement units in the area were able to identify Shanks and two women walking, and eventually took them into custody.
Investigators found suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, suspected heroin, Narcan, Xanax pills and guns in the bags the group had, according to the affidavit. Two handguns were reported stolen from Grand Junction and Boulder, the affidavit said. A third handgun was found but the serial number was unreadable.
Officials also found saw blades, tools, a lock-picking set, and various driver's licenses and forms of identification.
Shanks and his two companions, Camilla Omernick and Dawn Wheeler, were all arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail. The affidavit for Shanks' arrest listed 27 separate pending charges.
Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum issued Shanks, 37, a $250,000 cash-only bond in court Friday. Chief Deputy District Attorney Trish Mahre told the court that prosecutors would likely file habitual criminal charges against him.