Crazy carjacking chase ends as motorists tackle driver

DENVER — A man armed with a rifle and a handgun crashed a stolen SUV through a garage in a Denver suburb, and then attempted to carjack vehicles on a nearby interstate before being tackled by a sheriff's deputy.

The incident began around 4 p.m. Wednesday, and played out on Lookout Mountain, about 15 miles west of Denver along Interstate 70. A man and woman were accused of carjacking a blue Subaru before crashing that vehicle. The two fled on foot, running through a wooded area before becoming separated as a television news helicopter hovered overhead and sheriff's deputies and state troopers flooded into the area. The Jefferson County Sherriff's office said the man was "firing shots" during the chase.

The woman was taken into custody without incident as she walked down a steep dirt hill. The man tried to steal two dumptrucks and a pickup before entering the garage of a nearby home. He then crashed a silver SUV through the closed garage door before driving several hundred yards and getting stuck in a swampy area.

Carrying the rifle and handgun, the man hopped a fence onto nearby I-70 and tried to stop several vehicles driving westbound. A sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle jumped off his bike, drew his handgun and ordered the man to drop his weapons. The man put down the guns but kept backing away from the trooper, approaching one more vehicle before the trooper grabbed him and threw him to the ground. Several motorists got out of their cars to help hold down the man until other police officers could properly restrain him.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries to police, the suspects or bystanders.


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