Suspected Car Thief Accused Of Leading Officers On Chase Across Five Counties

BYERS, Colo. (CBS4) – A suspected car thief is in custody after allegedly leading officers on a chase across five counties.

The incident started at about 4 p.m. on Saturday. Officers tried to stop a suspicious vehicle in Kit Carson County but the driver sped past Limon and into Deer Trail. At times, the chase reached up to 100 mph.

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Troopers searched for hours, then spotted the car in a driveway near Byers with the driver still in it.

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Police arrested the driver and say they found a gun in the car.

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Marcel Maldonado, 21, is accused of stealing a car in the state of Washington and now faces charges in Colorado of reckless driving, vehicular eluding and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Marcel Maldonado (credit: Elbert County Sheriff)