Suspect in stolen car causes dramatic crash on Broadway

Man who fled Denver officers crashes into SUV, holds knife to throat before arrest, police say

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A man fleeing police in a stolen car caused a dramatic crash in downtown Englewood on March 24.

The incident began when Denver Police identified a silver sedan as stolen near 9th Avenue and Federal Boulevard in Denver, said Denver Police spokesman Jay Casillas.

Officers attempted to pull the driver over, but he fled instead, Casillas said. Officers deployed a “Star Chase” device — a projectile containing a tracking chip which attaches to the suspect vehicle.

Officers did not actively pursue the vehicle, but instead kept tabs on its location from other vehicles at a distance, Casillas said.

The driver fled south to Highway 285, then east toward Englewood, then exited onto northbound Broadway, said Englewood Police spokesman Sgt. Tracy Jones. Denver officers warned Englewood officers that the suspect was entering Englewood, Jones said.

The driver blew a stoplight at Broadway and Floyd Avenue at roughly 2 p.m., Jones said, crashing into an SUV which was then hit by the Englewood Trolley bus. No one in the sedan, SUV or bus was seriously injured.

Jones said Denver officers arrived on scene shortly afterward, followed soon by Englewood Police and other emergency personnel. Jones added that the occupant of the SUV that had been hit by the stolen car was able to walk to a nearby ambulance.

After the crash, the suspect fled the sedan on foot, and was cornered by officers in front of a business on Broadway, where he held a knife to his throat. Officers talked him down and he was apprehended, Casillas said.

The man was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of burglary tools, Casillas said.

The suspect's name was not immediately available, but a search of Denver jail records shows a man named Santiago Trevino, 27, was booked into the Downtown Denver Detention Facility on identical charges on the afternoon of March 24. Trevino is being held without bond.

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