Sheriff Mark Overman says the man in custody following a pursuit that started in Scotts Bluff County shortly after 11 p.m. last night and ended near Bayard has been properly identified.
Overman says a Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a red Toyota Tacoma pickup that had been reported stolen in Colorado.
The driver refused to stop, resulting in a pursuit that at times exceeded 100 mph. The pursuit continued east on Highway 26 into Morrill County, and ended when the vehicle lost control and rolled several times in a field near the intersection of Highway 26 and Highway 92 south of Bayard.
Overman says a man ran from the scene and was located by the Deputy hiding a short distance away. The man suffered some non-life threatening injuries as a result of the vehicle rolling, and was transported to Regional West Medical Center by ambulance. He was released and taken to the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.
Overman says the man identified himself as “Devin James Martinez,” but the Sheriff’s office learned through subsequent investigation and contacts with the Adams County Colorado Sheriff’s Department that the male was actually 35-year-old Aaron Montoya.
Montoya is wanted on a Colorado warrant charging him with auto theft; Overman anticipates that he will eventually face multiple charges in both Scotts Bluff and Morrill Counties relating to the pursuit, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.