Suspect wanted out of Douglas County arrested in Denver

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A wanted fugitive was arrested after crashing into a patrol car in Denver Monday night, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the suspect, 32-year-old Zachary Vela, is a Department of Corrections escapee wanted for a felony parole violation, and is suspected in multiple crimes throughout the Denver Metro area and Douglas County, including vehicle theft, burglary and vehicle trespasses.

Authorities searched a home on West Alameda Avenue in Lakewood Monday morning, but did not find him. He was last seen driving a stolen pickup truck in Lakewood just before 1 p.m. Monday. Deputies sent out an alert around 3 p.m. asking the public to be on the lookout for him.

Deputies said Vela was arrested just before 10:30 p.m. on South Harlan Street in Denver. He was driving a stolen car and crashed it into a patrol car while trying to avoid arrest, according to deputies. No deputies were injured in the crash.

Vela is being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail.

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