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WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Deputies found a truck that had gone off the road and rolled at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, but the driver was gone and the truck was empty, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said.

About five minutes later, Edgar Sotelo Gutierrez called and said he had been attacked by a man who hit him with a blunt metal object and stole his truck, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies found Gutierrez about three miles northwest of where the crash occurred in the 1300 block of Fern Avenue of unincorporated Weld County east of Greeley, and said he smelled of alcohol and showed signs of intoxication.

A Weld County K-9 was called in to track from the driver’s side of the vehicle, where it was last occupied at the site of the crash.

The K-9 tracked for approximately three miles to where Gutierrez was found, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies were able to confirm no one else was involved in the incident.

Gutierrez, 35, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, careless driving and false reporting.

He was also charged with a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant.

Gutierrez was booked in the Weld County Jail.