LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4)– The suspect in Wednesday morning’s dramatic car chase has a long criminal history that includes drugs and assault.
Ryan Stone, 28, was captured after an hour-long car chase from Longmont to Lone Tree that included multiple carjackings, (Full Story) one with a 4-year-old boy in the vehicle, and is expected to face kidnapping and carjacking charges.
“Traffic charges, various weapons offenses, dangerous drugs, assault,” said Longmont Police Sgt. Joel Post as he flipped through Stone’s 16-page arrest report dating back 10 years.
Earlier during the chase two officers on E-470 were trying to put out the stop sticks when a car in front of Stone’s attempted to pull off to the side of the road. The minivan was cut off into the breakdown lane and the one of the troopers had to jump off the highway to avoid getting hit. But the trooper was clipped by the minivan and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries that required surgery.
After crashing a final time, Stone ran away on foot and was captured a short time later after unsuccessfully trying to scale a nearby fence.
Stone’s arrest after a chase that led police over 75 miles along the Front Range over an hour on Wednesday morning comes as no surprise to bounty hunter William Ellenberg.
“He didn’t want to go back to prison. He just got out of prison four years ago,” said Ellenberg.
Ellenberg said Stone was a well-known meth user. His arrest came on the same day he was due back in court to face drug charges.
Bounty hunter Mel Edington had also been searching for Stone.
“This morning when I heard on the radio the vehicle had been stolen in a high-speed chase coming out of Longmont it didn’t take rocket science to figure out that was our guy,” said Edington.
On Tuesday police arrested a friend of Stone’s, Julie Pawlak, after a burglary at a home in Longmont. Police said she told them she had been in a stolen car with “someone named Ryan.”
Stone lived in a home in Centennial with his brother. Their neighbor Melissa Wilson was stunned by his arrest.
“You always hear that, ‘He’s not someone that I thought would do this.’ He wasn’t. He was just a very nice kid,” said Wilson.
Police officers from Longmont to Lone Tree are breathing a sigh of relief that Stone is back in custody.
“Definitely a menace to society,” said Post.
Stone remains in the Douglas County Detention Center.
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