Auto theft suspect causes multiple crashes along Sheridan Blvd. in Wheat Ridge; some roads closed, police say

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Posted at 9:08 AM, Oct 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-17 19:52:16-04

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. – An auto theft suspect is on the run after causing multiple crashes along Sheridan Boulevard in Wheat Ridge Monday morning, according to police.

Detectives said the suspect began the crime spree at around 8 a.m. by stealing a truck that was pulling a large trailer and caused several collisions, including striking a landscaping business' vehicle and a white Toyota SUV as he was fleeing from the scene.

The driver of the truck tried to prevent the crime by jumping on the hood of the truck but he was thrown off the truck, while the driver of the Toyota SUV, a woman, was ran over by the suspect, police said. Both victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the suspect - who has not been identified - then abandoned the truck after the woman of the SUV got into the back of the trailer, and got into the passenger seat of a white Escalade, which took off from the scene. It's unclear if the driver of the Escalde is an accomplice of the suspect. Police said the Escalade has a pick-up on its bed and is a unique model, but did not elaborate further.

The suspect was last seen driving southbound on Sheridan Bouelvard.

Sheridan Blvd. was closed from 35th to 38th Avenues as police processed the collision scene.

No other details about the suspect vehicle or the suspect were immediately available.