Police arrest Rifle man for SUV theft | VailDaily.com

Police arrest Rifle man for SUV theft

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A 19-year-old man was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday after allegedly stealing a sport-utility vehicle from New Castle, running from police and hiding under a porch.

Levi Emmit Drussell, of Rifle, was booked into the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, eluding a police officer, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and other charges.

New Castle police aired a call about a stolen white Chevrolet Suburban and a Glenwood Springs police officer spotted the vehicle around 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 70 near Glenwood Springs, Kimminau said.

The officer followed the vehicle while it exited the main Glenwood Springs exit and crossed the Grand Avenue Bridge. The officer activated his lights to pull the Suburban over, Kimminau said, but the driver kept on driving. He drove at normal speeds but allegedly did not pull over.

“He just kind of drove around Glenwood,” Kimminau said.

The driver eventually pulled over on the 1500 block of Bennett Avenue.

“The guy got out, took off running north through the woods,” Kimminau said.

Police followed. They briefly lost sight of the suspect but found him hiding under a porch of a business on the 1300 block of Grand Avenue, Kimminau said, where they identified him as Drussell and arrested him.

Kimminau said Drussell did not fight with arresting officers when they arrested him. Charges such as eluding and resisting arrest stemmed from Drussell refusing to pull over and running from police, Kimminau said.

Drussell was still in jail Monday afternoon on $13,750 bond and was expected to be advised before a judge today.

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