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Suspect arrested in southern Weld County on suspicion of burglarizing oil, gas tank battery

A Wyoming man was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of burglarizing an oil and gas tank battery, but not before leading Weld County deputies on a foot chase that lasted almost seven hours.

About 4:30 a.m. Friday, a deputy attempted to pull over a blue 2006 Saturn SUV at the battery located near Colo. 119 and Weld County Road 7, about a mile east of Longmont. The suspect, later identified as Dallas Gonzales, 34, immediately fled the scene once the deputy tried to make contact with him, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A short car chase ensued, which came to an end when Gonzales crashed at Weld roads 26 and 5H. Gonzales then fled on foot near Mead High School, in the vicinity of Weld roads 7 and 28.

Deputies lost sight of Gonzales east of Weld Road 7 in the cornfields, the release stated. Additional deputies responded to the scene at that time to launch a search for Gonzales, as well as clear Mead High School before classes began, said Cpl. Matt Turner, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Mead opened for school at its regular time.

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Law enforcement finally cornered Gonzales about 11 a.m. near Weld roads 5 and 28 after a lengthy foot pursuit. It took the participation of numerous agencies before Gonzales was arrested. Once in custody, deputies learned Gonzales had two non-extraditable warrants out of Laramie County in Wyoming, the release stated.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com.

Anyone who submits a tip through Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest and filing of criminal charges could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

(c)2015 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.)

This article was written by Joe Moylan from Greeley Tribune, Colo. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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