Police: Two Arrested in Erie for Suspected Auto Theft After They Elude Police, Crash and Flee
Erie police have arrested two suspects in a motor vehicle theft case accused of eluding officers Wednesday night and causing a crash.
Edna Rodriguez, 31, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft and theft of less than $50. John Montez, 38, was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of the same charges.
According to Erie police Cmdr. Mike Haefele, officers saw a Chevy Malibu around 10:15 p.m. that had been reported stolen out of Longmont.
The driver, suspected to be Montez, ran a red light at South Briggs Street and Erie Parkway, crashing into another car. Both Montez and Rodriguez then fled on foot, according to Haefele.
The driver of the other vehicle refused medical treatment at the scene.
Rodriguez was found near the intersection shortly after she fled, but Montez fled into a nearby hospital facility that is under construction, Haefele said. A number of agencies assisted in setting a perimeter, including Longmont police, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol.
Montez was found and arrested in the morning.
Montez has a number of open warrants, including one out of Weld County for driving under the influence, reckless driving and other charges, according to court records. His previous convictions in Colorado include possession of a controlled substance, trespass of a motor vehicle and trespass of a dwelling.
He is being held in Boulder County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond.
Rodriguez has previous convictions in Colorado for possession of a controlled substance, DUI, driving under restraint and careless driving, according to court records. She is being held on a $1,000 cash bond and will be formally charged on Wednesday.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org