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On Thursday, May 16th, at approximately 9:05am, a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was reported to be abandoned after being parked and unoccupied for some time near the Love’s Travel Stop located at 3800 E. Hwy 56 in Berthoud.


Upon arriving in the area, the deputy observed a male subject, later identified as Quinn Anthony McDonald (DOB: 04/18/1977), in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. When McDonald saw the deputy, he began to drive away at which point the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by activating the vehicle’s emergency red and blue lights. McDonald failed to yield and headed north on Interstate 25. McDonald began acting suspiciously and appeared to be reaching under his seat or to the floor of the car. The deputy then activated his audible siren in addition to his emergency lights. McDonald continued northbound and exited I-25 at the Johnstown Exit, passing a semi-tractor trailer on the off-ramp. McDonald failed to stop at the red traffic light at Hwy 60 and I-25 and began driving north in the southbound lanes of the frontage road.


The deputy conducted a successful Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT), forcing the vehicle off the roadway and into the ditch on the east side of the frontage road to end the pursuit.


When the deputy contacted McDonald, McDonald made several incoherent and strange statements, but was taken into custody without incident. Although McDonald stated he was not injured in this incident, he complained of injuries from a recent unrelated motorcycle crash. As a result, he was transported to a local hospital as a precautionary measure. When McDonald was released from the hospital he was transported to the Larimer County Jail, where he was booked on 10 active warrants.


Due to the location of the pursuit and arrest, deputies will seek new charges against McDonald in Weld County. Potential charges include Felony Vehicular Eluding, Driving Under Revocation, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and other traffic violations. McDonald did not have valid registration in the vehicle he was driving, and it’s not known who the owner of the vehicle is at this time. The vehicle was also displaying fictitious license plates.


In addition to the drug paraphernalia, the car also contained what appeared to be stolen property. LCSO investigators are working to identify the possible victims of burglary or theft, and from where the property was stolen. Additional criminal charges against McDonald may be filed as a result.\


There was no damage to the deputy’s patrol vehicle, and no one was injured as a result of the PIT.


Anyone with information regarding this incident or any crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.

Published on: 
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 11:00pm
Contact Details: 

Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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