Suspect named in auto-theft, car-wreck spree that spanned 50 miles

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AURORA, Colo. -- A man stole at least three vehicles, broke into one house and was involved in several different car wrecks across the metro area before being arrested in Boulder Monday morning.

Aurora Police Department spokesperson Frank Fania said the suspect was initially spotted traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of South Tower Road in a sedan stolen from Arapahoe County around 6:55 a.m.

That vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle carrying a mother and child near the intersection of South Tower Road and East Evans Avenue, at which point Walters said the suspect fled on foot. The mother and child were both transported to a nearby hospital. Their injuries were still unknown as of 11 a.m.

Fania said the suspect then stole a gold GMC Jimmy SUV in the 18300 block of East Atlantic Drive. The suspect didn't make it far before crashing near East 6th Avenue and Del Mar Circle at approximately 7:10 a.m.

After crashing that vehicle, Fania said the suspect broke into a house in the 500 block of Toledo Street, where he was confronted by a homeowner, who forced him to flee on foot.

Shortly thereafter on the same block, the suspect flung a tow truck driver out of his vehicle and assumed control of the truck. At approximately 7:20 a.m., Fania said the suspect crashed the truck near 3939 West Colfax Avenue in Denver.

Fania said the suspect, who was described as a white male with blonde hair standing about 6-feet tall, was finally arrested in Boulder over three hours later at 10:40 a.m.

Boulder police received a call from security at NCAR on Table Mesa Drive from a man who told them he stole a car and wanted to turn himself in, said Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

Boulder police arrested the man, who was transferred to Aurora police and later identified as Adam B. Manlove, 35.

Fania said it will take some time for investigators to sort out all the events Monday morning, but Manlove faces possible charges including robbery, auto theft, hit-and-run and numerous traffic charges.

"It will also take days to show a photo line-up to all the victims and witnesses in this case," Fania said in a statement.