Suspect arrested for theft, eluding deputies, and hit and run case


Courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) arrested a suspect for theft, eluding deputies, and a hit and run.

Authorities say 32-year-old Luke Oehlerking is the suspect and has been arrested Wednesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, around 1:23 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a store located on Widefield Boulevard for a man stealing clothing items and automotive parts.

According to deputies, when they arrived the car eluded law enforcement and the pursuit was quickly terminated.

EPSO said the same suspect crashed into a car at Fountain Mesa Road and Caballero Avenue and then fled the scene of the crash. The car was later recovered abandoned at Mesa Ridge High School.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding this case to call our Patrol Tip Line at 719-520-7777 or to email Deputy Dominic Rios at

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