One arrested, 2 sought in attempt to burn Pueblo patrol vehicles

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PUEBLO, Colo. — One person was arrested and two others are being sought after they tried to burn two patrol vehicles and led a short chase, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The incident began after someone in the 27000 block of U.S. Highway 96 reported a stolen vehicle on Tuesday night.

A deputy who responded learned the vehicle was at home in the 3000 block of Denver Boulevard. Other deputies and officers from the Pueblo Police Department responded and found a second stolen vehicle.

While law enforcement was investigating, three suspects in a dark-colored SUV drove by and threw an unknown accelerant near two patrol vehicles, causing a fire on the street, the sheriff’s office said.

The fire caused an unknown amount of damage to one of the vehicles, the sheriff’s office said.

Police in the area tried to stop the SUV as it fled eastbound on 29th Street, going through several neighborhoods in the north side and downtown areas.

The pursuit continued onto northbound Interstate 25 when the driver lost control and went off the right side of the road, the sheriff’s office said. The SUV stopped on the railroad tracks near the off-ramp to U.S. 50 Bypass.

The suspects ran from the vehicle, but one was apprehended and taken into custody. The other two suspects are being sought.

Police found guns, drugs, cash and other suspected stolen items in the SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 719-583-6250 or Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-7867.



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