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Police: Ryan Stone, man who stole SUV with boy inside, caught

LONE TREE, Colo. (AP) -- A dramatic car chase that crisscrossed the Denver area during the Wednesday morning commute started when a man stole an SUV with a 4-year-old boy inside and ended after he carjacked two other vehicles and struck a state trooper.

Ryan Stone, a 28-year-old wanted in a drug case, covered about 75 miles before he caused a multivehicle crash at an intersection in Lone Tree, south of Denver. He then ran across a parking lot before appearing to give up, lying face-down in the snow as officers pinned him to the ground.

Police said the boy, Allan Chavarria-Rodriguez, was found unharmed after Stone abandoned the SUV. The boy told the Longmont Times-Call that the roughly hour-long ride was fast, and he cried but didn't speak to Stone as he drove.

Also during the chase, Stone struck a state trooper who was putting down stop sticks in a failed effort to capture him, authorities said. It's unclear if Stone was trying to avoid the stop sticks when he hit the trooper, or if he deliberately ran over him. The trooper, Bellamann Hee, an eight-year-veteran of the department, was hospitalized in serious condition but was expected to make a full recovery, the state patrol said.

No one else was injured during the ordeal, which was televised live and for a time included the suspect driving the wrong way on a highway.

"This is a strange and crazy morning in Colorado," Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver said.

Stone, who has an extensive criminal record, was taken to a hospital, in part to see whether he was high or drunk, police said.

It appeared at one point he threw something from one of the cars, authorities said. Police were searching for any weapons he might have had.

Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur said a warrant had been issued for Stone after he failed to appear in court earlier this month on a "dangerous drug" charge.

Stone's girlfriend was stopped in an apparently stolen car in Longmont on Tuesday night, but Stone wasn't with her, Satur said. Police determined Stone was suspected of stealing the vehicle she was driving.

The girlfriend, Julie Pawlak, was arrested for theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, among other offenses, after police found syringes and glass pipes inside the vehicle.

The chase began when Stone stole the sport utility vehicle with the child inside at a gas station in Longmont, north of Denver, police said.

The boy's mother went into the store, leaving the vehicle with the boy in it, and the suspect jumped in. He sped south on Interstate 25, where a State Patrol officer spotted the vehicle, Satur said.

Soon after the SUV was taken, television helicopters spotted a speeding vehicle matching its description. After about a half-hour, Stone stopped and carjacked a minivan and took off in the wrong direction on a highway.

Later, after apparently losing a tire on the minivan, he sideswiped a sedan, got out of the minivan and dragged the driver from the sedan. He drove off in the car and soon after, caused the crash at an intersection.

Stone then took off on foot, crossing a parking lot and running so wildly he lost his jacket. He struggled to jump a fence before police caught him.

Satur said the boy's mother won't face charges for momentarily leaving her son unattended. "She's had enough of a traumatic experience today watching her son being kidnapped," he said.

Police at times chased Stone but for the most part tracked him from a distance.

Colorado State Patrol spokesman Nate Reid said the highway patrol got involved about 7:15 a.m. It held back when the suspect was in congested areas, took up the chase again in Adams County, and held back again for safety reasons just before the suspect was caught. Reid couldn't say how many officers were involved.

Police tried to strike a balance between quickly capturing Stone and keeping other drivers safe, Weaver said.

"This individual had to be stopped," he said. "At all extremes, it's safety, safety, safety."

According to Arapahoe County court records, Stone was arrested Feb. 12 on suspicion of unlawful possession of drugs after he was stopped by an Aurora police officer on a traffic violation.

"Ryan appeared to be highly emotional and extremely agitated," the officer, Jason Condrea, wrote in the report.

Condrea said he asked Stone why the truck he was driving was not properly registered, and Stone said his girlfriend just bought the truck and had not registered it. Condrea said he searched the truck after learning that Stone was under court order not to have alcohol or drugs. He said he found drugs in a speaker box and a panel and arrested Stone on drug charges. Stone insisted the drugs were not his.

According to court records, Stone failed to appear in court March 4, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Court records also show the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office stopped Stone in January and issued him a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.


Associated Press writers Donna Bryson and Steven K. Paulson contributed to this report.

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JIM March 13 2014 at 2:27 PM

keep this clown and all like him in prison for decades. how can a jerk like this have over 40 arrests at 28 years old and still be free? what a system!

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Bright Blessings March 13 2014 at 3:13 PM

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goodgrief61945 Bright Blessings March 13 2014 at 3:20 PM

I flag every one I see, but they just keep comming back.

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HD 63 March 13 2014 at 5:09 PM

The parents should also be arrested for raising that moron !!!

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Elena March 13 2014 at 3:17 PM

He got mad because they stops selling Girl scout cookies at the dispensary!

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manofclas1 March 13 2014 at 3:26 PM

im just floored at how some idiots wake up just looking for a way to screw up their life. why not just go to the nearest prison, and say lock me the hell up. I CARE NOT TO LIVE FREE.

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Carol L. Newell manofclas1 March 13 2014 at 3:42 PM

Heck, every body wants something without working for it - it's a rash that's fast becoming huge in the world!!

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Auntie's Mail March 13 2014 at 3:31 PM

This stupid druggie deserves to be in jail for life! He jeopardized innocent peoples lives, injured a law enforcement officer, caused damaged to innocent victims vehicles & showed what a careless & wreckless fool he is. I hope the Judge throws the book at him. It's a miracle no one else was seriously injured including the little boy in the stolen vehicle. Please don't make this axxhold famous!

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I LOVE YOU MOM! March 13 2014 at 3:36 PM

schlauger1, the mom did not screw up; most people leave their car unattended, unlocked, & with kids in the car (though not infants unless there are also older kids in the car) to pay for gas since the car is never out of sight. No one expects someone to jump in their car when they are less than fifty feet away. I was slightly paranoid about my kids, but only locked the car with my kids in it while I paid for gas with the keys in my hands and the car was never out of my line of vision. Being overly protective, I also locked the car while I pumped gas because my gas cap was on the passenger side. Funny, if a mother unloaded her kids first and left them in the house while she went back out to the car to unload groceries & one of them got hurt, someone would say she shouldn't have left them alone in the house, and, if she left them in the car while she carried all the groceries to the porch or entry hall, and something happened to her child while she was on the porch, she would be blamed too, so either way, she's wrong. Stuff happens even when you do what seems normal & logical most of the time.

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michael97405 ctslair March 13 2014 at 3:54 PM

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