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BRIGHTON — A wild, high-speed car chase that began with a carjacking in Longmont is now in the hands of Douglas County prosecutors after the suspect led officers through Birghton, parts of Commerce City and Aurora.
Ryan Stone, 28, appeared in court March 19 on charges of attempted murder, assault, aggravated motor vehicle theft and kidnapping after a March 14 hearing in which bond was set at $3.5 million. He agreed to waive the reading of the charges.
The incident began in Longmont early March 12. The suspect reportedly stole a car — with a small child inside — from a convenience gas station. Shortly after 7:30 a.m. March 12, Stone carjacked a vehicle at Interstate 76 and Bromley Lane. Photographer John Carr said authorities may have tried to use stop sticks on the suspect’s vehicle without success. He said I-76 was littered with cars that sustained punctured tires.
Adams County sheriff’s deputies said the child was OK following the abduction. An ambulance checked out the driver of the carjacked vehicle for what were believed to be minor injuries.
After the carjacking, the suspect continued to lead several agencies on a high-speed pursuit. Arapahoe County deputies said speeds were in excess of 100 mph as the caravan continued south on E-470 into Douglas County.
The suspect collided with a car near E-470 and Peoria Street, then carjacked another vehicle. Shortly afterward, that car was involved in a crash with another vehicle. The suspect ran into an office complex near Parker Road and Lincoln Avenue, where authorities arrested him in back of a business without incident.
Stone previously had been wanted on two fugitive warrants prior to last week’s incident.