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May 23, 2015 11:18 PM

Stolen truck causes police pursuit, ends with tire deflation device


NORTH WALPOLE - A fugitive from Colorado driving an allegedly stolen pickup truck led police on a chase through several towns Saturday night.

Police in Lebanon tried to pull over the truck, which was reported stolen from Black Hawk, Colorado. After a brief pursuit, the truck crossed into Plainfield and later into Claremont and Charlestown traveling south on Route 12A.

In the meantime, state police were notified and two troopers were able to position themselves south of the driver and deploy a tire deflation device that damaged at least one of the truck tires.

The driver finally stopped on the Vilas bridge in North Walpole because of the tire damage and police were able to take him into custody.

Police say Robert S. Leibensperger, 37, was wanted by Colorado authorities on a warrant for aggravated vehicle theft, criminal mischief and a protection violation.

Police said a second warrant was issued for vehicular eluding, attempted second degree assault on an officer and reckless driving. Police said Leibensperger was held as a fugitive from justice at the Sullivan County jail.

As a result of the police chase, Leibensperger also will be charged with receiving stolen property, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and disobeying a police officer.

He is scheduled to appear 5th Circuit Court-District Division Claremont on May 26.


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