Man arrested after leading authorities on chase from Jeffco to Denver

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U-Haul rams police car head-on

By Ramsey Scott

A man suspected of ramming a police car and then leading Jeffco deputies and state troopers on a high-speed chase has been arrested.

Jarrett Stoner, 26, is suspected of leading law enforcement on a chase through southern Jefferson County and into Denver on Wednesday morning, ramming a deputy’s patrol car and hitting two other vehicles in the process.

The deputy whose car was hit and the other motorists were not injured, said sheriff's spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

The chase began in southern Jefferson County about 11:25 a.m. after the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man punching a woman in the face while driving a stolen U-Haul truck.

Deputies soon spotted the truck and pulled it over at West Quincy Avenue and Eldridge Street. The woman, who was later identified as Stoner's 53-year-old wife, got out of the truck, and it sped away east into a nearby neighborhood. 

Deputies began searching the surrounding neighborhoods before spotting the suspect vehicle at West Quincy Avenue and South Kipling Street, Techmeyer said.

“They went into a neighborhood looking for him, and sure enough he found us,” Techmeyer said.

When deputies spotted the truck, the driver rammed a deputy’s patrol car head-on, and the 10-minute chase was on. The suspect vehicle hit the two other cars while running a red light at Sheridan Boulevard and Quincy.

After the truck was abandoned at Jewell Avenue and Zenobia Street in Denver, the assailant then allegedly tried to steal an occupied crane truck at a 7-Eleven around the corner on Sheridan Boulevard.

The two construction workers in the truck had other ideas — they were able to detain the suspect until deputies arrived, Techmeyer said.

The U-Haul Stoner was driving was stolen from Denver, according to a press release by the sheriff's office.

Stoner was charged with suspicion of first degree assault on a peace officer, aggravated robbery, vehicular eluding and criminal mischief, Techmeyer said.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.