Deputies searching for wanted man in stolen silver Chevy HHR
WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Deputies are searching for a wanted man who sparked a police chase on Tuesday night and then stole a vehicle Wednesday morning, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said.
Gerald Duane Havens, 31, is believed to be driving a silver Chevrolet HHR that was stolen after a crash, the sheriff’s office said. The Chevy has Labcorp written on the side and has a Colorado license plate of 781-XPL.
Deputies initially tried to arrest Havens on Tuesday night in Gilcrest, the sheriff’s office said. Havens took off in a van and headed west on county roads, then went south on Highway 60 to Highway 85.
Havens was just south of Highway 85 when he started driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies called off the chase because it “presented a great risk to the public.”
Later, a van matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was found stuck in a gravel pit west of Highway 85 near Weld County Road 6.
Deputies detained two women who had been passengers in the van, but the driver was gone.
Early Wednesday morning, there was a crash at Highway 85 and County Road 6. Investigators believe Havens carjacked the Chevy HHR after the crash.
It’s not clear if the Chevy was involved in the crash or belonged to someone who witnesses the crash.
Havens headed north on Highway 85 at speeds of about 100 mph, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies deployed stop sticks at Weld County Road 46, but they were unsuccessful.
Deputies called off the chase near La Salle because heavy traffic in the area and the potential risk to the public.
The suspect was last seen traveling east from La Salle, the sheriff’s office said. There have been reported sightings in Evans and Greeley.
Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911.