Chase suspect accused in sheriff’s pursuit

March 13, 2018 GMT

COLUMBUS – A 21-year-old Columbus man is accused of leading a sheriff’s deputy on a wild chase north of Columbus in December, then racing to the house he was staying at and running through the residence before escaping out the back door.

Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa scheduled Aron Martinez-Enriquez for a preliminary hearing March 26 on possession of methamphetamine, operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and multiple counts each of misdemeanor and driving offenses.

The judge set Martinez-Enriquez bond at $50,000, 10 percent allowed for release. The defendant has been in custody at the Platte County Detention Facility since his arrest Dec. 17, a week after the chase took place north of the intersection of 33rd Avenue and 53rd Street.

Court documents detailed a pursuit about 4:10 p.m. Dec. 10 by Platte County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Grant after he observed a white 1995 Honda Civic run a stop sign at the intersection and head north on 33rd Avenue.

Grant reported the driver ran another stop sign at the intersection of 48th Avenue and 68th Street, with pursuit reaching speeds surpassing 80 mph.

The chase, the deputy said in his probable cause arrest statement, came to an end when the vehicle stopped in front of 5349 60th Ave., with the driver, later identified as Martinez-Enriquez, jumping out of the car and running into the house.

A female passenger, Grant said, got out of the car and put her hands over her head. The deputy said he called dispatch for a backup deputy, but by the time he arrived the suspect had already run out the back door of the residence and escaped.

Sheriff’s authorities reported that Martinez-Enriquez had been staying at the residence temporarily and was identified by the man he was living with as chase suspect.

Meth and drug paraphernalia were seized during a subsequent search of the suspect’s vehicle.

Martinez-Enriquez was also cited for willful reckless driving, obstructing a police officer, no valid registration, failure to use a turn signal, possession of drug paraphernalia and a stop sign violation.