Weston Richardson, 36, was arrested Wednesday on the following charges: First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft used in a Commission of a Crime F4, Second Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft of more than $1000 less than $20,000 F6, Child Abuse M2, Robbery F4, Harassment Strikes Shoves Kicks M3, Vehicular Eluding F5, Reckless Driving, Obstructing a Peace Officer M2, 2 Counts of Interference with Staff, Faculty or Students of Educational Institutions M3, 3 Counts of Second Degree Criminal Trespass M3, Second Degree Burglary F4, Obstructing Highway or other passageway M3.
On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, while recovering an abandoned stolen car, deputies observed a male riding away on a dirt bike in the area of 31 ½ and Patterson Roads. It was determined the bike was stolen in a strong-arm robbery from a juvenile two days prior.
Deputies initiated a traffic stop, but the driver, later identified as Weston Richardson, did not stop and continued to drive off at a high rate of speed. He drove on the grass of Grand Mesa Middle School then turned east onto Maxwell Drive. Grand Mesa Middle and Central High School were briefly put into shelter-in-place as a precaution.
The dirt bike continued driving recklessly at one point, driving down the railroad tracks disrupting train traffic for a short time. Ultimately the bike was abandoned at the James Trailer Park, and Richardson ran into a shed at a residence on the 2800 block of Niagra Circle. Deputy located Richardson and arrested him without further incident.
Richardson is currently being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility. For updated bond amounts, click here.