Suspect arrested following pursuit in the Estes Valley

January 26, 2024  |  Estes Valley

On the evening of Jan. 25, 2024, at approximately 6:05 p.m., dispatch received multiple REDDI reports of a vehicle driving erratically in the area of U.S. 36 heading toward Estes Park.

The vehicle was identified as a GMC Yukon swerving and passing in no passing zones without its lights on. An Estes Park Police Officer and a Larimer County Sheriff's Deputy located the vehicle just outside of town and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued. Officers continued to pursue the vehicle into Rocky Mountain National Park where Rangers assisted. A successful precision immobilization technique (PIT) was conducted on the vehicle by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) and the driver was safely taken into custody. The driver was identified as Damien Martinez (DOB: 05/06/2002). A search of the vehicle revealed suspected narcotics and it was also discovered the vehicle was stolen. Mr. Martinez was arrested by the LCSO on the following charges:

18-4-409 2nd Degree Motor Vehicle Theft (F4)
18-9-116.5 Vehicular Eluding (F5)
18-18-403.5 Unlawful Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, Methamphetamine (DM1)
18-18-403.5 Unlawful Possession of Fentanyl (DM1)
42-4-1401 Reckless Driving (MT2)
42-2-138 Drove Motor Vehicle When License Under Restraint (TIA)
42-4-1301 Drove Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Drugs (M)

Regarding this incident, Interim Police Chief Ian Stewart stated, "This is an excellent example of town, county and federal law enforcement cooperating together. I am grateful for the actions these officers took to safely apprehend the suspect."

*The charges are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.