Suspect who stole puffer causes T-bone crash

Posted at 8:08 AM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 00:56:51-04

A business truck left running and unattended was stolen Tuesday, leading to a police chase that ended in a massive wreck.

The crash closed the Thornton intersection of 84th Avenue and Washington Street for several hours Tuesday morning.

Police tell Denver7 this started when a man stole the "puffer" from a location in the 900 block of Douglas Drive in Adams County. The driver fled into Thornton. Police tracked down the truck thanks to GPS.

Officers said they followed the suspect until the chase became dangerous, but the suspect kept driving. That man crashed into two other cars. One driver, the driver of the white car pictured above, needed to be airlifted from the intersection. He was seriously hurt.

Police said the suspect ran off after the collision. Ruben Bueno who was driving with his son decided to chase down the suspect. 

"As soon as he took off running I took off right after him because I wasn't going to let him get away with this," Bueno told Denver7.

He cornered the suspect in a yard until police arrived.  

"If he would have tried to get away I would have tackled him. But he just gave up at that point and then that's when I flagged down the police officers," Said Bueno.

The truck's owner may be cited for puffing.


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