Man arrested after police chase in Avon |

Man arrested after police chase in Avon

Special to the DailyFelipe Luna Lopez

AVON, Colorado ” An Eagle-Vail man was arrested Friday night after he allegedly ran from police and then jumped off a bridge to escape authorities.

Felipe Luna Lopez, 39, was charged with vehicular eluding, obstruction of a peace officer, driving under the influence, driving under restraint and criminal trespass. The last charge is a felony.

The incident began at 9:38 p.m. Friday, when Avon Police tried to stop a car that didn’t have a rear license plate light, Lt. Greg Daly of the Avon Police said.

The driver didn’t pull over for two blocks, but then stopped, left his car and ran from police, Daly said. The police officer ran after the man, and when the officer was within an arm’s length of him, the man jumped headfirst off the bridge on West Beaver Creek Boulevard that spans the Eagle River, Daly said.

Authorities from various agencies, including the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle River Fire Protection District, the Vail Mountain Rescue Group, the Minturn Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol and the Eagle Police Department, began searching for the man.

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“We had agencies on bridges all the way down the river, including the Eagle Police Department, in case the suspect would float down that far,” Daly said.

Less than two hours later, police received a 911 call from a woman in the Avon trailer park saying she could hear a man coughing in the crawl space underneath her trailer, Daly said. She later saw a man getting into a car and leaving the area, Daly said.

Police tracked the license plate of the car at the trailer park to an address at the Riverview Apartments in Eagle-Vail, where they found the car and Luna Lopez hiding in the backseat, Daly said.

He was cold and pantsless, with his wet pants on the floorboard, Daly said. Luna Lopez was taken into custody at 11:09 p.m.

His ex-girlfriend had picked him up at the trailer park in Avon and brought him back to Eagle-Vail, Daly said.

A native of Mexico, Luna Lopez is an illegal alien, Daly said. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on him, and he is being detained at the Eagle County jail on a $10,000 bond.

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