ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing a truck, running over its owner and trying to evade police.
According to the Longmont Police Department, a 26-year-old man and his wife were at a car wash near Missouri Avenue and South Main Street in Longmont when their blue 2019 Toyota Tacoma pickup was stolen. The alleged theft occurred just before 3:45 p.m.
On Sunday night, LPD released the arrest report in the case. According to the document, the suspect is 29-year-old Joshua Gary Gordon.
The report states that Gordon approached the victims’ Toyota on a bike and began making comments about it. The couple was drying the car with the engine running at the time. The suspect then entered the truck and was confronted by the couple. The woman tried to reach into the truck and turn it off. Her husband struggled with Gordon, who was eventually able to push the owner out of the truck. Gordon then allegedly ran over the man while stealing the truck.
Roughly 30 minutes later, a Broomfield police officer saw the Toyota traveling southbound on Interstate 25 near Highway 7. The Broomfield officer tried to stop the truck, but Gordon eluded arrest, LPD said.
“With support by the Colorado State Patrol and Adams County sheriffs Office, they completed a PIT [maneuver] near I-25 and 56th Avenue,” LPD said in a press release.
Gordon was then taken into custody. I-25 and 56th Avenue is in Adams County just north of the Denver County line.
The arrest document stated that Gordon was found with two “shooter” size alcohol bottles, an unopened 100-milliliter bottle of vodka and an empty bottle of peppermint schnapps.
The Longmont man who was run over was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, including fractures and internal injuries. However, police said his prognosis for a complete recovery is good.
“The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries and will eventually be booked into the Boulder County Jail,” LPD said.
Southbound I-25 had significant delays in the north Denver metro area following the incident.