MORGAN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– A wild chase that spanned two counties and at one point included the suspect narrowly missing a police officer finally ended with an arrest. Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office were alerted to a pursuit that was entering their county on Highway 52 from Weld County on Monday afternoon.

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Officers with the Hudson Police Department, Lochbuie Police Department and Colorado State Patrol were pursuing a U-Haul truck that had failed to stop and nearly struck a Hudson police officer. As the truck neared the Morgan County line, state troopers deployed Stop Sticks. After hitting the sticks, the truck continued east on Highway 52 into Morgan County.

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Deputies set up additional Stop Sticks when the U-Haul truck made an abrupt turn onto County Road 4 and continued driving off the road and through an old farmstead house. The truck continued through the house and into a field for about 200 yards.

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Once the truck stopped, officers took Stuart D. Kelly, 63, of Commerce City into custody. He was transported to the Colorado Plains Medical Center for injuries sustained in the crash.

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Kelly faces charges in Weld County including assaulting a police officer, felony eluding, DUI, habitual traffic offender and possibly additional charges in the destruction of the farmstead in Morgan County.

Jennifer McRae