Man arrested after leading Weld County deputies on wild chase


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WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A 27-year-old man was arrested after fleeing from law enforcement and leading a wild chase through fields and barbwire fences, and over a concrete ditch on Sunday morning, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to a reported disturbance at the Kum-N-Go in Mead (13799 Pacific Circle) about 7 a.m. A deputy approached a man, later identified as Steven Kielian, at a gas pump and asked for identification.

But the sheriff’s office said Kielian instead backed his Ford F-250 onto a lawn, jumped a curb and fled across the median of Highway 66, through a parking lot and north on Weld County Road 9 1/2.

Deputies followed Kielian to the Rio Vista Dairy at Weld County Roads 32 and 9 1/2, where the sheriff’s office said he drove into a field and through several barbwire fences, then jumped the vehicle across a concrete ditch.

Kielian abandoned the truck and ran to another property, where he attempted to steal a Volkswagen, the sheriff’s office said. When he was unable to start it, he returned to the truck, where he unsuccessfully attempted to ram deputies before fleeing eastbound on Weld County Road 32.

Kielien then jumped out of the moving truck, and ran north over a fence and into a field. A man returning home pulled into his driveway when he saw Kielien running through his property, the sheriff’s office said.

The man confronted Kielien and tried to subdue, slowing him until deputies could catch up. Kielien got away until a deputy used a stun gun on him, the sheriff’s office said.

Kielien tried to get away again despite the use of the stun gun until a second deputy physically subdued him, the sheriff’s office said.

Kielian was taken into custody and told investigators that he was on methamphetamine. After being examined by medical personnel, he was booked into the Weld County Jail.

Kielien was charged with vehicular eluding, driving under the influence, first-degree criminal trespass, two counts of second-degree criminal trespass, resisting arrest, attempted vehicular assault, possession of a controlled substance, introduction of contraband into a facility and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s office said about $2,000 worth of damage was caused.

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