Man arrested after car thefts, crash south of Colorado Springs

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Police on the scene of an investigation off Highway 85/87 Friday morning. / Shawn Shanle - FOX21 News

Police on the scene of an investigation off Highway 85/87 Friday morning. / Shawn Shanle – FOX21 News

This story has been updated with additional information.

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A suspect has been arrested after two car thefts and a crash that injured an officer south of Colorado Springs Friday morning, according to Fountain police.

Police said around 6:30 a.m., two people stole two cars from the Colorado Springs area. Around 7:30 a.m., a Fountain police officer on an unrelated call spotted one of the stolen cars in the area of Highway 85/87 and Carson Boulevard.

The officer tried to pull the car over, but the driver refused to stop and drove into the parking lot of a tire store. In the parking lot, the suspect rammed the patrol car head-on, causing significant damage to both cars and minor injuries to the officer, according to police.

The suspect then ran into a nearby trailer park, carrying what appeared to be a gun. About an hour later, law enforcement found him hiding on the property of a garden center. They found the gun in the trailer park, according to police.

The suspect, 23-year-old Gabino Detorre-Lopez, was jailed on charges of assault on a peace officer, felony criminal mischief, felony eluding, and possession of weapon by a previous offender.

The officer was treated at the hospital and released with minor injuries.

  • Police on the scene of an investigation off Highway 85/87 Friday morning. / Shawn Shanle - FOX21 News
  • Police on the scene of an investigation off Highway 85/87 Friday morning. / Shawn Shanle - FOX21 News

Police recovered the car that crashed into the police car. They are still on the lookout for the other stolen car, a blue 2012 Nissan Maxima.

The Colorado Springs Police Department, Fountain Police Department, and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office are all investigating the case. Anyone with information should call local law enforcement.

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