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March 26, 2021

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Short Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle Leads to Arrest

Boulder County, Colo. - On March 26th, 2021 at approximately 0727 hrs. the Boulder County Communication Center received a call of a vehicle traveling westbound on South Boulder Road from McCaslin Blvd with heavy front-end damage. It appeared the vehicle had been involved in an accident at an unknown location. A Boulder County Sheriff’s Detective found the vehicle near Mackintosh Academy parked on the side of the road. The detective pulled in behind the vehicle at which point the vehicle took off. Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputies got behind the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued and failed to yield to the deputies. The vehicle turned onto Foothills Highway and at Colorado Boulevard the driver of the vehicle attempted to intentionally strike a pedestrian who was walking across the road.

Deputies pursued the vehicle towards the Diagonal Highway. Just before Jay Rd a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office sergeant rammed the vehicle, forcing it into a ditch. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was pursued by deputies. The suspect attempted to carjack another car that was parked on the side of the highway and occupied by a male and female. Deputies were able to intervene and take the suspect into custody without further incident.

The 29 year old suspect, identified as José Alfaro-Vega, was charged with 1 count of Vehicular Eluding, 1 count of Aggravated Motor Vehicle theft, 1 count of Criminal Attempt Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, 1 count of Criminal Attempt Vehicle Assault, 1 count of Possession of Burglary Tools, 1 count of Possession of Controlled Substance, 1 count of Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, 1 count of Reckless Endangerment, and 1 count of Reckless Driving. Everyone involved in the incident were uninjured.

This investigation is documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 21-1471.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office have not been able to identify the pedestrian who was almost hit. If anybody has any information on who this pedestrian is, please contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at 303-441-4444.


/s/Sergeant Andy Smtih #522