Man’s bond set at $50,000 after high-speed chase |

Man’s bond set at $50,000 after high-speed chase

Jeffrey DePue

— Bond was set at $50,000 Friday for the man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Thursday west of Steamboat Springs.

After crashing through fences at a ranch and running his car into a ditch, Jeffrey DePue was arrested by Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies on suspicion of four felonies and two misdemeanors.

A second-degree burglary charge is related to a report from a resident in the Silver Spur subdivision, who told deputies DePue tried to go into a her home. A boy at another home told deputies he was contacted by DePue, who asked the boy for directions to Fort Collins.

Deputies found DePue and his car at another residence in Silver Spur. When contacted, DePue fled, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

When DePue, a Fort Collins resident, was taken to Routt County Jail, he admitted to having used cocaine earlier in the day, and there was a small amount of the drug in his car.

Deputies on Friday searched the car, and found a little more than two grams of cocaine, Lt. Doug Scherar said.

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During court Friday, Deputy District Attorney Melinda Dudley told Judge James Garrecht that DePue had served two, four-year prison terms and was on parole out of New York.

According to the affidavit, DePue has convictions related to burglary, illegal drug possession, trespassing, menacing and fraud.

While being interviewed at the jail, DePue said "he was already in a lot of trouble, and with everything going on in his life, he consumes about 11 grams of cocaine a day," the affidavit states.

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