A Colorado car chase ended today with the suspect arrested and a 4-year-old boy, who was in the car at the time the vehicle was carjacked, reunited with his parents. The incident started early this morning just after 6 a.m., when a red minivan that the boy was in was stolen at a gas station in Longmont.
According to ABC15.com, a man jumped into a running Ford Edge at a Bradley gas station at 1750 Main St. with the pajama-clad boy in the backseat. Surveillance footage later identified the man as 28-year-old Ryan Stone.
An Amber Alert was issued, and around 7:15 a.m., police caught up with the stolen van. Stone then jumped out of the minivan, leaving the terrified boy behind, and carjacked a second vehicle, taking police on a high-speed chase through the Denver metro area.
Colorado State Trooper Bellamann Hee was seriously injured after being hit as Stone fled in the second vehicle. He was taken to the hospital under stable condition as of early this afternoon.
Stone led police on a one-hour high speed pursuit, successfully avoiding police spike strips that were laid down, swerving in and out of traffic and coming close to ramming several cars. Speeds topped out at 117 mph, police said.
Describing how trooper Hee was injured, CSP Trooper Nate Reid said:
“After [Hee] throws the (stop) sticks, the suspect veered his direction. The trooper ran out of the way, attempted to get out of the way by jumping the guard rail and subsequently was hit and kind of pinned under the guard rail by the vehicle. He has been transported from the scene to Littleton Hospital. He is expected to be OK,” Reid said.
Stone has an extensive criminal record, including multiple drug and theft charges and at least one restraining order.
“What we were trying to do was make sure citizens were safe but we could still apprehend this guy,” said Undersheriff Spurlock with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. “He was not going to stop committing crimes.”