Stolen vehicle suspect who led chase eludes law enforcement in Golden

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- A man driving a stolen truck who led a chase that ended near the Colorado School of Mines eluded law enforcement officers early Wednesday morning, the Golden Police Department said.

Police said Colorado State Patrol troopers and Jefferson County sheriff's deputies tried to pull over a truck, which was reported stolen out of Aurora, about 11:30 p.m. on Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon.

When the driver failed to stop, a trooper attempted a PIT maneuver, which damaged the truck but it was able to continue out of the canyon. Golden police officers joined CSP troopers and sheriff's deputies in pursuit of the truck as it came out of the canyon and went into Golden.

The driver abandoned the truck in an alley near 19th and Illinois streets and took off on foot.

A perimeter was set up and Jefferson County Combined SWAT team responded to help search for the man. The perimeter went from 19th Street to 21st Street between Elm and Washington avenues.

At 12:20 a.m., reverse 911 calls were sent to about 175 residents in the area to alert them to the search and to have them stay inside with their doors locked.

Golden police said it received a call from a man saying his girlfriend who lives in the area sent him a message saying she believed someone was in her house. Officers responded but no intruder was found.

After searching the area that included the use of K-9s, the suspect was not found and the police operation ended about 5:30 a.m. Another reverse 911 was sent to residents alerting them the suspect was not found and that the roads in the area had been reopened.

Police said there is not a good description of the suspect, and an investigation into his identity and whereabouts will continue.

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