Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020

Stolen car suspect crashes into wind turbine blade in plant near Windsor

A man suspected of stealing an SUV led state and local police on series of pursuits, out of Wyoming and into Larimer County, Thursday morning where the suspect allegedly stole a second vehicle which crashed into a wind-turbine blade.

The incident unfolded in Colorado when the sheriff’s office was notified, at about 10:30 am., that the Wyoming Highway Patrol was pursuing a stolen SUV southbound on Interstate 25 toward the state line, according to a news release.

The stolen SUV was abandoned in Wellington, where a car was stolen from a residential driveway.

The stolen car was spotted on I-25 heading south and deputies pursued the driver toward Fort Collins, the release said. At one point a pursuing deputy attempted to bump the stolen car to a stop, but the driver kept going.

Pursuit was called off in Fort Collins because of traffic and safety considerations. A short time later, the stolen car was spotted east of Timnath, and another chase ensued. That pursuit was called off, again for safety, when the driver entered Windsor, the release said.

The suspect was later spotted east of Windsor, near the Vestas Blades America facility, 11140 Eastman Park Drive. Another bump maneuver was attempted and the suspect drove into the Vestas facility where the car crashed into a wind-turbine blade, the sheriff’s office said.

The stolen car was “undriveable” and the suspect tried to flee the crash on foot. He was caught and arrested.

The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Frank Lopez. He is wanted on arrest warrants out of Boulder County for kidnapping and failure to comply with probation, according to the release.

Lopez was booked into the Larimer County on Thursday on suspicion of aggravated vehicle theft, vehicular eluding and criminal mischief, all felonies. Additional charges will be filed against Lopez in Laramie County, Wyo., the release said.


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