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CCSO: Stolen vehicle recovered at DUI checkpoint

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COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A stolen black 2001 Chevrolet Silverado was recovered Saturday night by the Cochise County Sheriff's Office while the department was participating in a stationary DUI checkpoint with the Southeastern Arizona DUI Task Force, according to a news release.

The truck was passing through the checkpoint when deputies ran the license plate and noted that it belonged to a 1969 truck not a new vehicle.

Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle on State Route 90 eastbound near Colonia De Salud. The vehicle failed to yield to deputies and turned south on Moson Road before being forced to stop due to significant vehicle damage on Blaze Way and Pintek Lane.

The driver fled the vehicle and was not located, while the passenger was taken into custody. The passenger was identified as 37-year-old Ellis Jon Mathis who advised he was homeless. Mathis was transported to the sheriff's office where he was booked on an outstanding warrant from Sierra Vista Justice Court on charges of forgery and theft, an outstanding warrant from Colorado on charges of crimes against persons and a new charge of possession of marijuana.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen from Clark County in Washington and leads are being followed to positively identify and locate the driver of the vehicle at the time of this incident.

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