A man is behind bars tonight after leading Colorado State Patrol on a high speed chase and then breaking into his neighbor’s apartment.
Merrill Brandon had just gotten back from visiting his brother in the hospital in Utah, and was grocery shopping when he got a call from police telling him to surrender. Brandon says, "we left to go to the store and the cop called me because he saw my phone number on the door and he was like come out of your house and i'm like, I’m not there."
Merrill Brandon has been in Utah for nearly two weeks while his brother recovers from an accident. He came back Thursday to find that his neighbor 32–year-old Charles Evans had lead CSP on a chase and then broke into his apartment while Evan's tried to access his own apartment through the attic; he was unsuccessful.
After locking himself in Brandon’s apartment for 20 minutes, police say he surrendered. Evans arrest affidavit says he claimed it wasn't him that was involved in the earlier chase, but the state trooper says he came face to face with him and says it is him. Now Evans is facing burglary charges, obstruction and multiple vehicle violations.
State Patrol says they do not know why Evan’s fled from them in the first place, they say he was unarmed and didn’t appear to be under the influence. The car Evan’s was driving has been sealed by State Patrol and has not been searched.