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Westminster Woman Facing Multiple Charges After Eluding Police in Truck Stolen from Longmont

November 1, 2018 GMT

A Westminster woman is facing multiple charges after eluded authorities while driving a stolen truck late Wednesday night on Interstate 25 before fleeing on foot, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Chelsea Anne Manke, 27, was arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, second-degree assault on a peace officer, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, resisting arrest and possession with the intent to distribute, manufacture or sell marijuana, as well as a number of traffic offenses.

Manke will make her first court appearance at Boulder County Jail on Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Colorado State Patrol trooper learned a Ford pickup truck stolen out of Longmont had eluded police in Erie around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Around the same time, the trooper spotted the truck turning east onto Weld County Road 24 near Firestone and followed it.

Because the driver had been eluding police, another trooper placed a tire deflation device in a nearby location. The trooper following the truck turned on his emergency lights and sirens and the driver of the Ford began to speed up and drove over the deflation device.

The Ford turned to head east on Colo. 66, even as the truck lost its two front tires and was traveling on its rims, according to an arrest affidavit. Eventually the truck came to a stop and the driver fled on foot into a “swampy” area on the north side of the highway, the affidavit states. The Ford crashed into a fence.

The trooper told the driver, a woman, to stop and unsuccessfully deployed a Taser, according to the affidavit. Eventually, the woman, identified as Manke, was caught. During the pursuit a trooper fell and hurt his shoulder, which resulted in a second-degree assault charge against Manke, according to the affidavit.

Emergency responders felt Manke was impaired. She agreed to a blood test, according to the affidavit. The affidavit did not include the results of that test.

Manke told police she got the Ford, which had a broken window and damaged ignition and locks, from a man.

Police found a number of containers of what appeared to be marijuana, as well as marijuana wax or oil, in the truck, according to the affidavit. The net weight of the containers holding the marijuana was 16.4 pounds, and the weight of the marijuana wax was 2.36 ounces. There also were hypodermic needles, a pipe and marijuana oil-extraction paraphernalia in the truck.

Police also found a number of tools, including automotive tools and power tools, in the truck, the affidavit states. They found other items that didn’t belong to the truck’s owner as well, including credit cards, clothes and electronics. Manke told police only a bag containing clothes and shoes and a coffee were hers, according to the affidavit.

Because the truck was stolen out of Longmont, Longmont police are still investigating the case and could pursue further charges.

Manke has previous convictions for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, according to Colorado courts records. She was on probation for both charges when she was arrested Thursday morning.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com