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Crime spree ends with I-70 arrest

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Suspect facing 46 charges, including 37 felonies

By Beth Potter and Doug Bell

A feverish crime spree on a dog-day afternoon ended abruptly in the westbound lanes of I-70 on July 23 when a Jeffco sheriff's deputy brought a suspect to heel on the busy highway.

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All told, the carjacking/burglary rampage involved four vehicles and three homes, sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said. It ended dramatically near the Genesee exit when Deputy Fred Haggett tackled the male suspect, who had just surrendered two weapons after terrorizing passing motorists on I-70.    

No injuries were reported during the incident, which apparently began with a traffic stop earlier that afternoon, Kelley said. A female juvenile suspect had been taken into custody before the drama shut down the westbound lanes of the interstate and backed up traffic for miles.

The male suspect was identified as Christopher David Sullivan, 37. Sullivan, who did not have a listed address, was being held on $1 million bond.

The district attorney is charging Sullivan with a total of 46 counts, including 37 felonies. Those charges range from aggravated robbery and motor vehicle theft to burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Drama on Lookout Mountain

About 4 p.m., with a news helicopter filming the drama from overhead, a man and a juvenile reportedly carjacked a blue Subaru on Lookout Mountain. Two suspects later were located along Lookout Mountain Road, where the man was carrying a rifle and a handgun.

The male perpetrator then stole a silver SUV from a home, slamming through a garage door. He crashed in that SUV. The man then headed in the direction of Interstate 70 on foot, where he pointed a rifle at passing cars, Kelley said.

Haggett drove up on a motorcycle, dismounted, and tackled the suspect after he had dropped his weapons. At that point, a couple of motorists in nearby stopped vehicles ran to help the deputy, Kelley said.

"We're very grateful to those citizens," Kelley said. "It ended as well as it could. It was a difficult situation. There's still a lot of work to be done."

The two suspects face multiple charges, including burglary and felony menacing, Kelley said.

More than a dozen Jeffco sheriff's vehicles responded to the scene — both on the highway and on surrounding frontage roads. A motorcycle remained in the middle of the westbound lanes of the interstate near the Genesee exit ramp about 4:45 p.m.

People in the news helicopter fed information to the Sheriff's Office, greatly helping to resolve the manhunt, Kelley said.