Juvenile uses creek beds and canals to elude Colorado Springs police

February 9, 2014 Updated: February 9, 2014 at 9:30 pm

A minor wanted on a felony warrant used the creek beds and canals in southeast Colorado Springs to elude officers, police said.

The search for the juvenile began Saturday about 1:30 p.m. when police got a call that he had been seen in Sagebrush Park, on the 600 block of Crestline Drive, off Airport Road. According to police, there was a warrant for his arrest and he may have been armed.

Following directions from the reporting caller and trails of footprints in the snow, police tracked the juvenile to the area of Wildflower Elementary School on Keith Drive, two miles from the park. The minor had "extensive knowledge" of the creek beds and canals in the area, police said. Police set up a perimeter and K-9 units joined the search.

Approximately an hour into the search, an officer saw the juvenile crossing Airport Road and heading south toward the creek bed, exiting east of the bed an hopping over a residential fence, police said.

An officer waited where the juvenile was expected to resurface, near the intersection of Greenscape Lane and Star Ridge Drive, and took the minor into custody without incident.

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