Authorities in Colorado have apprehended an armed carjacker after a wild crime spree, officials said.
What began as a routine traffic stop ended 90 minutes later with the gunman pointing a long rifle at motorists on Interstate 70, aerial video showed.
The man fled the traffic stop about 2:40 p.m., but law-enforcement policies prevented a pursuit, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
At 3:15 p.m., the suspect and his passenger allegedly carjacked at least two victims from a Subaru at gunpoint. By 4 p.m., the man broke into a home and stole a truck while the homeowner hid, said Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect crashed the vehicle shortly afterward near an intersection, where witnesses said they heard gunshots.
Then, as the man was trying to steal a snow plow, deputies took his alleged accomplice into custody, authorities said.
He then broke into another home, stole a vehicle and smashed through a garage door, according to Kelley.
The suspect headed to Interstate 70, where the vehicle got stuck. He ran onto the freeway, where he was confronted a motorcycle deputy who wrestled him to the ground and took him into custody.