Carbondale Police arrest man following foot pursuit

A man wanted by several agencies for multiple charges was arrested by the Carbondale Police Department after a brief foot chase on Wednesday, according to a news release

Carbondale police responded to reports of a suspicious man seemingly attempting to steal a bicycle near the RFTA Park and Ride at 3:51 p.m.. When officers arrived at the scene and tried to engage the suspect, he declined to identify himself. The officer, however, identified him as Michael Young, known to have multiple active warrants.

Michael J. Young
Carbondale Police Department/Courtesy

Upon being told he was not free to leave, Young took off on foot. In his attempt to evade the police, he dashed across Colorado Highway 133 twice, eventually reaching the open area behind Basalt Bike and Ski Shop. 

His pursuit didn’t end there. Young continued his escape to Colorado Rocky Mountain School where he briefly commandeered a bicycle, only to discard it later on the school’s premises.

Responding officers from Carbondale Police, who had now arrived at CRMS, tracked Young’s movement toward Crystal River Road. They spotted him making a dash into a dense bush area. Upon crossing the creek and penetrating the thicket, officers found Young on the ground, trying to shield himself from sight. 

Young was soon detained.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office assisted Carbondale officers in affirming the suspect’s identity as Michael J. Young, with numerous outstanding warrants both of a misdemeanor and felony nature from multiple valley agencies.

Young is being held on charges for his existing warrants, as well as for Obstructing Government Operations, Interference with School, Theft, and Second Degree Criminal Trespass.

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