Wanted fugitive arrested after being spotted sleeping in car along Highway 50

David Cole Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

A wanted fugitive was arrested after deputies spotted him sleeping in a car along Highway 50 west of Pueblo early Monday morning. 

The sheriff’s office said around 2:30 a.m., a deputy patrolling Highway 50 just east of Pueblo Boulevard saw a car on the side of the road with its hazard lights on. The deputy approached the car and found a man sleeping in the drivers seat. Deputies woke him and told him to get out of the car, which he did without incident. 

Deputies said the man, later identified as David Cole of Salida, was unable to provide identification or proof of ownership of the car, and he initially gave deputies a false name. 

Deputies determined the car was registered to someone in Buena Vista, but it had not been reported stolen. While they were preparing it for towing, they found a gun that had been reported stolen out of Pueblo. 

Cole was arrested for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, criminal impersonation, and theft, along with an unrelated warrant from Chaffee County. 

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