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Bullets hit Thornton Police car during shooting amid chase, 1 arrested

Posted at 4:29 AM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 13:44:36-05

DENVER -- Police with several agencies were looking for a person who ran from a vehicle following a chase which ended in a crash, but did arrest a passenger involved in the pursuit.

The chase began around 2:57 a.m. Thursday when a Thornton Police officer attempted to contact two people in a stolen vehicle at 88th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive, said Officer Matt Barnes with the Thornton Police Department.

The vehicle took off and officers pursued it. Shots were fired from the suspect vehicle during the chase and an officer's vehicle was struck. 

The officer was not injured.

The pursuit came to an end when the suspected stolen vehicle crashed in Denver at East 56th Avenue and Worchester Street. 

One person ran from the crashed vehicle and another person was taken into custody, according to Barnes. 

Denver and Aurora Police departments were assisting in the search for the suspect who ran from the scene.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Thornton police said they had arrested the passenger in the car for investigation on multiple felony charges.

Cesar Alexis Pinedo, 20, of Denver faces investigation on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, aggravated motor vehicle theft, felony eluding, and two outstanding warrants.

Barnes described the driver, who was still outstanding as of 11 a.m., as a tall, skinny, Hispanic male but could not elaborate.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Thornton police at 720-977-5069.