Two arrested in Pueblo West after hitting patrol car

(PUEBLO WEST, Colo.) — Two people were arrested on Thursday, Jan. 26 after the stolen car they were in backed into a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) patrol car and drove over a curb and landscaping to get away from deputies.

According to PCSO, deputies responded just before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday to a report of a man and woman following someone in a car. Deputies found the suspects in a 2016 black Ford Focus parked at a Dollar Tree in the 1000 block of Market Plaza in Pueblo West, just northeast of Highway 50 and Purcell Boulevard.

PCSO said deputies activated their lights and positioned their patrol car behind the suspects’ car, and gave commands to the suspects.

PCSO said the driver, identified as 29-year-old Toniley Perez, put the car in reverse and intentionally hit a patrol car. Perez then drove over a curb and some landscaping, heading eastbound on Holiday Drive and deflating two of her tires when she hit the curb.

Perez did not stop after deflating the tires, and drove over the westbound lanes of Highway 50, eventually heading eastbound toward the City of Pueblo. PCSO said Perez then crashed the car into the center median near the intersection of Hwy 50 and Pueblo Boulevard, and both she and her passenger, identified as 44-year-old Chad Cortez, left the scene on foot.

Deputies arriving to the scene caught Cortez not far from the crash scene, and Perez was later found walking in a field south of Hwy 50 and taken into custody. The car they were in was reported stolen, as were the license plates.

Toniley Perez, Chad Cortez
Courtesy: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office

PCSO said Cortez, the passenger, was arrested on three outstanding warrants. Perez was arrested for Vehicular Eluding, Aggravated Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Obstruction of Government Operations, and Having Fictitious License Plates. Both were booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

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