Suspect in Custody Following Vehicle and Foot Pursuits
On April 10, 2017, at about 1:00 a.m., Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies saw a vehicle with fictitious license plates leaving a hotel on East Mulberry Street. The vehicle was driven by a male and had one female passenger. Deputies attempted a traffic stop near East Prospect Road and Interstate 25, but the driver of the suspect vehicle refused to stop. The suspect drove northbound on Interstate 25 at speeds up to 104 mph while deputies pursued.
Deputies deployed spike strips in the roadway at East County Road 58 and they successfully flattened the passenger side tires of the suspect vehicle. The suspect continued driving northbound and deputies used the Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) to spin the suspect vehicle into the median. The suspect was able to continue driving the vehicle and rammed the driver’s door of a deputy’s vehicle. The suspect drove across the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 and eventually stopped on the southbound frontage road near Jefferson Avenue in Wellington. The male/driver fled on foot to the west and the female passenger was detained. The female was identified as Melanie Sue Wind (05/19/1972) of Erie, Colorado. She was arrested and booked into the Larimer County Jail on the following allegations:
Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (Class 4 Drug Felony)
Possession of Illegal Weapon (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Deputies set up a perimeter and began searching for the male suspect with assistance from Colorado State Patrol and Fort Collins Police Services. An Everbridge Emergency Notification was sent to 124 contacts (not homes) alerting them to the law enforcement activity in the area. An LCSO K9 also attempted a track, but the suspect was not located. The search was suspended shortly before 5:00 a.m. when investigative leads in the area had been exhausted.
At approximately 9:50 a.m., a deputy was in the area of Cleveland and 6th Street when a citizen approached and reported a suspicious male near Burger King. The deputy recognized the male as the suspect from earlier and called for additional deputies as the suspect walked westbound. Deputies approached him near Franklin Avenue and 3rd Street and deployed a Taser, but it was not effective. The suspect ran west to the railroad tracks and displayed a knife when deputies confronted him. The suspect again ran west and was surrounded by deputies in the 8500 block of Secretariat Drive. Deputies successfully deployed a Taser and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
The suspect was identified as Benjamin Howard Weir (12/29/1981) and he was booked into the Larimer County Jail on the following allegations:
Attempted 2nd Degree Assault on Peace Officer (Class 5 Felony)
Felony Menacing (Class 5 Felony)
Vehicular Eluding (Class 5 Felony)
Criminal Mischief (Class 5 Felony)
3rd Degree Assault (Class 1 Misdemeanor)
Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
Obstructing Peace Officer x 2 Counts (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident
Displayed Fictitious Number Plates
Reckless Endangerment (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
Bonds were not set and booking photos were not available at the time of this release.
Wellington Middle School, Eyestone Elementary School, and Rice Elementary School were advised to implement lockout procedures as a precaution for a brief period until Weir was safely in custody.
The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.