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Hearing postponed for man who stole truck, ran from deputies

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By Deborah Swearingen

The preliminary hearing for the man accused of crashing a stolen truck in South Jeffco and running from Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies has been postponed.

Michael Robert Donis, 33, faces a variety of felony charges relating to an Aug. 13 incident where he reportedly stole a white Chevrolet Silverado. Though it had been reported as stolen by Air Liquide Industries two days prior, dispatch was notified of the truck’s location around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13.

According to the arrest affidavit, OnStar reported the vehicle was moving near West Maplewood Avenue and South Tabor Street in South Jeffco. When Officer Mario Gonzalez found the truck and began following it, the Silverado made a left turn in a right-turn only area of South Kipling Parkway and began driving fast into oncoming southbound traffic.

As the pursuit continued, Donis turned around and headed northbound on Kipling. Ultimately, Gonzalez used OnStar to disable the truck, according to the affidavit. The Silverado slowed, crashing into a fence before stopping at the intersection of West Lake and West Burgundy drives near Westbury Park. The pursuit continued on foot as Donis ran from the scene and attempted to break into an apartment on West Fair Avenue.

Jeffco deputies followed Donis through a townhome complex before catching him and taking him into custody. According to the affidavit, the suspect was taken back to the site of the vehicle crash. Inside the Silverado, deputies found a black Smith and Wesson gun that had been reportedly stolen as well as two glass pipes and a bag of white powder later identified as methamphetamines.

A Colorado crime search showed there were three active felony warrants out for Donis — two in Denver County and an additional one from Jeffco. Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jeffco DA’s office, said the warrant out of Jeffco involves an incident, where Donis allegedly stole items from a car in the parking lot of Target on West Cross Drive. Although it happened in December 2017, the warrant was just signed in June, Russell said.