Fugitive strikes patrol vehicle while fleeing
Gary Stevens wanted on 2 outstanding warrants out of Colorado
FARMINGTON — A Hesperus, Colo., man is accused of hitting a U.S. Marshals Service patrol vehicle with his pickup truck while trying to flee from police.
Gary Stevens, 50, is facing two felony charges for aggravated assault on a peace officer and a felony charge for receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, according to court records.
He is also wanted out of Park County, Colo., on a warrant for a burglary charge and out of Chaffee County, Colo., on a warrant for a drug charge, according to the criminal complaint.
Detectives for the Farmington Police Department and two members of the U.S. Marshals Service went to Stevens' home on N.M. Highway 170 in La Plata to arrest him on the outstanding warrants around 12:40 p.m. on May 3, according to the probable cause statement.
The detectives observed a white pickup truck attempting to leave the residence once they arrived at the scene. The white Ford F-150 truck pulled into the street, then backed up into the driveway.
The U.S. Marshals Service vehicle pulled into the driveway to block Stevens from escaping, according to court documents.
One U.S. marshal exited the passenger side of the vehicle and ordered Stevens to exit his vehicle. Stevens allegedly drove the white pickup truck into the patrol vehicle blocking his exit. But he was unable to push the patrol vehicle with his truck and remained in the driveway, according to court documents.
Stevens eventually complied with police orders to stop driving and show his hands.
During the investigation, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office contacted Farmington police to inform them a stolen camper had been found on Stevens' property.
A white camper worth about $10,000 had been stolen from Bearcat Drilling at 5424 U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington a week earlier. Stevens told police his wife had brought the camper to their home, and he did not know where she got it, according to court documents.
He was being held today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Stevens also has an extradition hearing scheduled at the same time.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.