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Couple arrested in Pueblo after ramming patrol car with stolen SUV

A man and women were arrested in Pueblo on Wednesday after ramming a stolen vehicle into a patrol car.

Franklin Pangelina, 26, and Alix Trujillo, 22, were spotted at around noon at the Walmart off N. McCulloch Boulevard sitting in a 2002 GMC Envoy. The person who called the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said he recognized the vehicle as one that was reported stolen earlier in the morning.

Deputies responded to the Walmart and tried to block the GMC in so the couple could not drive away. At which point, Franklin put the SUV in reverse, rammed a patrol car, and drove out of the lot. Deputies followed Pangelina and Trujillo eastbound on Industrial Boulevard. The pursuit ended as the SUV merged onto Highway 50 toward Pueblo.

A short time later, the Sheriff’s Office got a call about a GMC Envoy driving erratically. The caller said the vehicle had stopped near the intersection of 29th Street and Baltimore Avenue and two people had gotten out and run.

Deputies found Trujillo and Pangelina not far from where the two had ditched the SUV.

Pangelina was arrested for second-degree motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, reckless driving, a protection order violation and several felony warrants. Trujillo was arrested for second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance.

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