Delta County sheriff's deputies arrested a Grand Junction man north of Delta last Wednesday after he led law enforcement on a pursuit along Highway 50.
Trenton Miller, 38, was booked into the Mesa County Detention Facility Dec. 27 on charges of vehicle eluding, a Class 5 felony; prohibited use of a weapon, a Class 2 misdemeanor; unlawful use of a controlled substance, a Class 1 misdemeanor; and reckless driving, a Class 2 traffic misdemeanor.
The pursuit began Tuesday evening after Montrose County deputies responded to a report of a man making suicidal and homicidal threats. According to a press release issued by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, 911 dispatchers were told Miller was headed toward Delta-Montrose in a black Ford F-150 armed with a gun. Deputies were also informed Miller had made threats toward himself and another party in the Montrose area.
Miller was spotted driving east on Highway 50. He failed to pull over and vehicle pursuit began. The Delta County Sheriff's Office was notified as Miller approached Delta County. Sheriff's deputies and the Colorado State Patrol assisted in closing Highway 50 down at mile marker 60. The CSP successfully used stop sticks to bring Miller's vehicle to a stop near Rattlesnake Gulch Road. Believing Miller to be armed, a specially equipped SWAT team from Mesa County was used to approach the truck. They found the vehicle abandoned and speculated Miller had taken off on foot.
Mesa County sheriff's deputies, SWAT team members, the Delta County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol searched the area for Miller.
An emergency notification was sent out to residents within a five-mile radius advising them to shelter in place. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee reports a total of 317 Code Red calls were made.
After about three hours, the highway was re-opened. At about 10 a.m., Delta County sheriff's deputies were notified that a man had been spotted in a canal near Varner Equipment, just off Highway 50. After a night out in the cold, Miller was taken into custody without incident. He was not armed.
According to the MCSO press release, Miller also has a warrant for an unrelated Grand Junction Police Department case.