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Colorado man accused of possession of stolen vehicles
Gary Stevens also accused of aggravated assault on peace officer in earlier incident
FARMINGTON — A man accused of aggravated assault on a peace officer is now facing three new charges for allegedly being in possession of a stolen pickup truck, an all-terrain vehicle and a flatbed trailer.
Gary Stevens, 50, was charged on May 26 in Aztec Magistrate Court with three counts of receiving or transporting stolen vehicles or a motor vehicle, according to court records.
He has no legal representation for the stolen vehicle charges, according to court records.
The charges follow a set of criminal charges filed on May 4 against Stevens after he allegedly hit a U.S. Marshals Service patrol vehicle with a pickup truck while attempting to flee from police.
He has been incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center since he was arrested on May 3 by members of the Farmington Police Department, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The officers went to Stevens' home on N.M. Highway 170 in La Plata to arrest him on two outstanding warrants out of Colorado, according to court documents.
Stevens allegedly drove a white Ford F-150 pickup truck into a patrol vehicle blocking his exit while attempting to flee, but his escape was blocked by the patrol vehicle, according to court documents.
He is accused of being in possession of the stolen white Ford F-150 pickup truck, a Suzuki ATV worth about $7,000 and a flatbed trailer with a winch worth about $4,000, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Detectives determined the pickup truck was stolen from a home in Snowmass, Colo., in April. The ATV and flatbed trailer were stolen from Park County, Colo., last year, according to court documents.
During an interview with police, Stevens said a friend brought the truck to his home and told him he could borrow it.
Stevens added he purchased the ATV from a man in Colorado for $300 but could not remember the name of the man who sold it to him, according to court documents.
The detectives learned about the stolen trailer by listening to telephone conversations between Stevens and his wife that had been recorded while Stevens was in jail, the affidavit states.
An extradition hearing was held Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court, where Stevens advised the court he would not sign a waiver of extradition, according to court documents.
The case has been transferred to district court.
He is 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 court documents.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.