CPD, SCSO recover stolen property, arrest two people

Photo courtesy of Center Police Department A Center Police Department officer used a tactical vehicle intervention to stop a dark-colored BMW on Friday, May 27, in the La Garita area.

Tactical vehicle intervention used to stop suspect’s car

LA GARITA — A Center Police Department officer used a tactical vehicle intervention to stop a dark-colored BMW on Friday, May 27, on County Road 42 at the County Road G curve ending a pursuit that started in Gunnison.

The BMW 328i's driver, Shylo Holden, 27, and the passenger, Troy McGibbons, 28, were taken into custody, CPD reported. Multiple confirmed stolen items were recovered in addition to numerous other suspected stolen items. Narcotics were recovered in the vehicle. Holden and McGibbons were transported to Rio Grande Hospital as a precaution as it was suspected both parties had ingested narcotics.

As the investigation into the stolen property is ongoing, the exact charges for the suspects are pending and all other information related to this incident will be released later.

On Friday, May 27, the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Gunnison Police Department of a dark-colored BMW 328i with a temporary tag that was involved in some thefts and had led Gunnison officers on a high-speed vehicle pursuit. Gunnison stopped pursuing the vehicle but asked for assistance from SCSO in locating the vehicle. 

At 5:47 p.m., a Saguache County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the vehicle on US Highway 285. The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the BMW, but it sped off. The deputy chased the BMW as it turned west on County Road T and down the mostly dirt roads in the County Road 42 area. The vehicle drove recklessly but with no other traffic on the roads, the deputy continued his pursuit.

CPD officers responded to the La Garita area as the vehicle was headed toward the community. Stop sticks were set up and multiple CPD and SCSO patrol vehicles arrived in the area. 

The suspect entered the La Garita area with no tires on the front of the BMW and the rims in various states of deterioration as metal pieces were breaking off of the wheels. The BMW drove along fences and off the roadway to avoid stop sticks deflating the rear tires.

As the BMW entered the paved portion of County Road 42 at the County Road G curve, it was decided to use a tactical vehicle intervention (TVI) to cause the suspect vehicle to spin out and end the pursuit before it could make it back onto heavily traveled US Highway 285. 

The TVI maneuver successfully stopped the suspect vehicle, and the occupants were arrested.

One Saguache Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle was damaged as it went off the road to avoid other cars while responding to the area. The Center police vehicle used in the TVI had minor damage. There were no injuries to any deputies, officers, residents, or motorists.

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