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Wild chase in Fountain leaves 2 police officers injured, cars damaged

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
February 7, 2014 Updated: February 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm
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Two alleged car thieves were arrested Friday after leading Fountain police on a wild chase that involved two damaged police cruisers, an off-road detour and a police dog.

Dennis Crumb and Alyssa Mayer, both 19, were arrested after being chased by police about 5:30 a.m. following stolen vehicle reports at Countryside Grove and Little Jimmy Grove north of Fountain-Fort Carson High School.

One of the vehicles, a 2014 Chevy Malibu, was equipped with an OnStar tracking device that helped officers follow it north toward Widefield, police said. The other vehicle, a 2009 Subaru driven by Mayer, was spotted near Metropolitan Street and Bobtail Drive.

According to the report, the Subaru crashed into two Fountain police cars as it drove north on Metropolitan.

The Malibu was driven by Crumb and took a short trip off road in an alleged attempt to elude police. Crumb ended up on Fontaine Boulevard and the Malibu was shut down near Security Boulevard using its OnStar link.

Crumb left the vehicle and allegedly ran from police. Fountain officers and a police dog chased him before he was taken into custody at about 7 a.m. in the 50 block of Security Boulevard, police said.

Fountain police said another vehicle that may be connected to the suspects was found abandoned near Little Jimmy Grove. That vehicle was reported stolen by Colorado Springs police Thursday night and police expect to recover more stolen vehicles that may be linked to the pair.

Two Fountain police officers reported minor injuries after their cruisers were hit during the pursuits. El Paso County Sheriff's deputies and Colorado State Patrol troopers assisted in the chase.

Police continued to investigate the thefts late Friday morning.

Crumb was arrested on charges including resisting arrest and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. Mayer was arrested on charges including possession of weapon by previous offender, and second degree assault on a peace officer. Both suspects face charges of aggravated vehicle theft and vehicular eluding.

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Reporter Lisa Walton contributed.

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