Two men are facing charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft after a traffic stop in the front parking lot of Summit High School on Friday.
A citizen reported a possible stolen vehicle at a campsite off Tiger Road, north of Breckenridge, at about noon. Law enforcement officers spotted the vehicle headed northbound on Highway 9 and initiated a traffic stop after the car turned into the parking lot of Summit High School.
Several patrol vehicles converged on the car outside the school just before 1 p.m. Friday, and authorities surrounded the suspects with guns drawn. Jacob J. Bartels, 18, and Teryn Philip Drake Eynetich, 19, both from Cozad, Neb., were taken into custody without incident, according to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
There was no indication that the suspects were armed at the time of the arrests.
“It is standard procedure with any high-risk stops, which a stolen vehicle would be one of those, that our deputies would have their weapons out,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair said.
No students or staff members were in near to the suspects’ vehicle at the time of the arrest, but a number of students gathered in front of the school to watch the scene unfold. Summit High School officials were informed of the situation, but because the incident concluded quickly, the school determined it was not necessary to take any specific emergency action.
Bartels was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, a Class 4 felony, and driving under revocation. He’s being held on a $7,500 bond. A Class 4 felony carries maximum penalties of up to six years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.
Enynetich was also charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft. His bond also was set at $7,500.
Summit Daily News reporter Caddie Nath contributed to this story.