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High-speed chase ends at equestrian ranch

Police investigate the outcome of a high-speed pursuit Thursday afternoon that ended at Saddle Mountain Ranch.

— A high-speed pursuit Thursday ended with the arrest of a Fort Collins man, as well as some broken fences at a local equestrian ranch.

Jeffrey R. Depue, 32, was booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of felony criminal attempt, felony second-degree burglary, reckless driving, felony vehicular eluding, driving under the influence of drugs, criminal mischief and felony possession of a controlled substance.

About 2:15 p.m., Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a report of a suspicious person in the Silver Spur subdivision.

Lt. Doug Scherar said a resident reported a man jiggled her door handle and tried to get into her house. The resident saw the man circle around the block.

While deputies were responding, a second resident called and said a man knocked on the door and asked for directions.

When deputies contacted the suspect vehicle, the driver fled out the back of Silver Spur on Routt County Road 42. The driver then turned onto Routt County Road 44 and headed back toward U.S. Highway 40. Scherar said a deputy reported following the driver at 70 mph.

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A trooper was staked out at the CR 42 and U.S. 40 intersection west of Steamboat Springs, and the driver turned into Saddle Mountain Ranch, where the driver went through fences and in and out of the outdoor horse arena.

The red, Toyota sedan eventually was driven into the ditch, and the driver got out. Boomer, the Sheriff’s Office’s police dog, was ready to be deployed on the driver, but the driver gave up, Scherar said.

“It doesn’t sound like he tried to run,” Scherar said.

He added Depue was taken into custody and was not injured.

Scherar said Depue admitted to having drugs in the Toyota, and the Sheriff’s Office was going to obtain a search warrant before searching the car.

Scherar said Boomer indicated there were drugs in the Toyota.

Scherar said Depue told deputies he was in the Silver Spur neighborhood asking for directions to Fort Collins. The residents who spoke to Depue confirmed this.

“Why he was in Silver Spur asking for directions to Fort Collins, I don’t know,” Scherar said.

Scherar said he was concerned that Silver Spur homes were possibly being cased for a burglary.

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