COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three people are facing various drug, weapon, and theft charges after they were spotted in a stolen car in northern Colorado Springs Thursday night.
Around 4:45 p.m. Thursday, officers saw the stolen car in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn at Interstate 25 and Woodmen Road. They followed it to the Panda Express at Academy Boulevard and Union Boulevard, where three people got out of the car and went into the restaurant. When the suspects came out of the restaurant, police arrested them.
The driver was identified as Brittany Marie Smith, 24. Police searched Smith and found a loaded handgun and a small bag of meth in her purse. She is charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, various drug charges, and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.
The first passenger was identified as Anthony Scott, 33. Police said Scott ran away when officers ordered him to the ground. They caught him near the Chipotle next door. Police said Scott had a loaded handgun in the waistband of his jeans. The gun had been reported stolen in September, according to police. Scott is charged with possession of a weapon by a previous offender, unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon, and theft.
The second passenger was identified as Jared Leferve, 31. Police said he was wanted on identity theft charges in El Paso County. During the arrest, a small bag of meth fell out of Leferve’s wallet, according to police. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Police searched the car and found more illegal drugs in the center console.