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High-speed Halloween Chase

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Talk about your dark and scary Halloween.

Kids were trick or treating in the dark after a downed power pole was the end result of a warrant stop on a wanted man that turned into a wild ride.

"He's looking at significant time, he's got a gun, he's got nothing to lose. Letting him go was not an option," says Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder.

Harder says the accused federal felon fled through residential streets as well as the town's main drag, Dakota Avenue. Jay Krump was on his way home from work to start the night's festivities, and was nearly clipped by the fleeing suspect.

"The speeds they were going, it was really incredible," says Krump. By the time he got his wife on the phone to make sure she wasn't at risk on the road, the chase had fetched up by his house.

"She saw the crash, saw the officers crash into the pole, the guy get out and run away," he says.

Police say it was a chance worth taking on the pit stop that busted the suspect. It also busted up their vehicle, the power pole for Krump's block, but police say it was the only way.

"We couldn't take the chance of him coming back through town," says Harder.

For Krump, the Halloween scare could have been worse, considering the risk of having the suspect on the loose. He's got a four-year-old dauighter, and he's just glad she wasn't out and about looking for Halloween loot at the time of the chase.

"Interestingly, we just moved here. Closed on the house this afternoon. Neighbors keep saying, welcome to the neighborhood," he says. "I'm just glad no one was hurt."'

A K-9 officer ran down the suspect, who's Breckenridge resideny Andrew Thomas Laborico. He's being held in custody tonight on the federal warrant, plus new charges pending on the pursuit. Police say they recovered a loaded gun from the vehicle he was driving, as well as a substantial amount of money he threw away while attempting to flee the crash.

 

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