Following a dramatic car chase Wednesday morning in northern Colorado, police arrested a Centennial man who injured a state trooper and caused a multi-vehicle crash while on a carjacking spree, as Laurie Cipriano writes for KUSA-TV Denver in an article appearing in USA Today.
The injured trooper, Bellamann Hee, an eight-year veteran of the CSP and president of the Association of Colorado State Patrol Professionals, underwent surgery after being hit and is expected to make a full recovery, writes Anica Padilla for TheDenverChannel.com.
The hour-long chase began just after 6 a.m. when Stone, 28, stole a running Ford Edge SUV from a Bradley gas station in Longmont, Padilla writes. Inside the vehicle was a 4-year-old boy, Allan Chavarrua-Rodriguez, who had been waiting for his mother to come out of a store.
Police issued an amber alert with a photo of Stone, who appeared in a surveillance video in a yellow and black jacket in the gas station at around that time, Padilla writes. The stolen red SUV was spotted heading southbound on Interstate 25 in Thornton, and police pursued it as Stone drove on and off the highway, through several neighborhoods, and onto Interstate 76, Padilla writes.
Stone blocked a gold minivan with the red SUV at E-470 and 152nd, and when the minivan’s two occupants got out, he stole it and drove the wrong way on I-76. Commerce City police found the boy, who was dressed in pajamas, safe in the red SUV, Padilla writes. According to the USA Today article, the boy told the Longmont Times-Call that he cried during the ride but did not speak to Stone.
At 7:45 a.m., Stone drove onto E-470 southbound at 104th, avoiding police stop sticks at least twice, Padilla writes. Driving at varying speeds, he just missed hitting several cars, swerving in traffic and sometimes driving on the shoulder. At 8:03 a.m., he struck the state trooper, Hee, on E-470 between Chambers and Peoria as Hee was attempting to put down stop sticks, Padilla writes. USA Today reports that it is not clear whether Stone hit the trooper while trying to avoid the stop sticks or if he deliberately ran him over.
Padilla quotes CSP Trooper Nate Reid:
‘After he throws the (stop) sticks, the suspect veered his direction. The trooper ran out of the way, attempted to get out of the way by jumping the guard rail and subsequently was hit and kind of pinned under the guard rail by the vehicle. He has been transported from the scene to Littleton Hospital. He is expected to be OK.’
Stone clipped a vehicle after striking Hee, then exited at Peoria and hit another car. He then got out of the minivan and waved his hands “wildly,” Padilla writes, before getting back into the vehicle and driving southbound on Peoria at 8:05 a.m. Stone then sideswiped a silver BMW or Lexus just moments later, according to various news reports. When the woman driving the silver sedan stopped her car, Stone pulled her out and threw her to the ground. She was reaching for the door handle as he drove off in her car, Padilla writes.
After driving less than a mile in the stolen silver luxury car, Stone exited the vehicle on Peoria and Lincoln and ran across a parking lot before appearing to give up; officers pinned him down as he lay face-down in the snow, Cipriano writes in the USA Today article.
Stone has a long criminal history: he served time in prison for menacing and weapons charges, and there was an arrest warrant for him out of Arapahoe County for dangerous drugs, USA Today reports, adding that prosecutors are considering charging him with attempted murder of a peace officer — a felony that usually comes with a sentence of 16-48 years. However, sources say Stone has five prior felonies, USA Today writes, which would make him a habitual offender who could get a sentence of four times the ordinary one if convicted.