Carbondale Police arrest wanted man following foot pursuit

Staff report

A man wanted by several agencies for multiple charges was arrested by the Carbondale Police Department after a brief foot chase on Wednesday, according to a news release.

Carbondale police responded to reports of a suspicious man seemingly attempting to steal a bicycle near the RFTA Park and Ride at 3:51 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene and tried to engage the suspect, he declined to identify himself. The officer, however, identified him as someone known to have multiple active warrants.

Upon being told he was not free to leave, the suspect took off on foot. In his attempt to evade the police, he dashed across Colorado Highway 133 twice, eventually reaching the open area behind Basalt Bike and Ski Shop. 

His pursuit didn’t end there. The suspect continued his escape to Colorado Rocky Mountain School, where he briefly commandeered a bicycle, only to discard it later on the school’s premises.

Responding officers from Carbondale Police, who had now arrived at CRMS, tracked the suspect’s movement toward Crystal River Road. They spotted him making a dash into a dense bush area. Upon crossing the creek and penetrating the thicket, officers found him on the ground, trying to shield himself from sight.

The suspect was soon detained.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office assisted Carbondale officers in affirming the suspect’s identity, who has numerous outstanding warrants, both of a misdemeanor and felony nature, from multiple valley agencies.

He is being held on charges for his existing warrants, as well as for obstructing government operations, interference with school, theft, and second degree criminal trespass.