A 21-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Weld District Court later this month after allegedly backing into a parole officer’s vehicle while officers were trying to locate a wanted fugitive in Greeley.
About 11:30 a.m. Sept. 1, parole officers tried to locate 36-year-old Thomas Frias, a wanted fugitive and tracked gang member, in the 1800 block of 2nd Street in Greeley, according to court records. When officers tried contacting Frias, he and two others attempted to flee and entered a Jeep outside the apartment building, records state.
Police say the driver of the Jeep, later identified as 21-year-old Isaiah Lopez, backed into a parole officer’s vehicle that was parked behind the Jeep. Officers then took Frias and Lopez into custody. It isn’t clear from records what happened to the third man. Frias was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation.
Lopez initially gave parole officers a false name, according to an affidavit for his arrest. Police said they found his true identity and that there was a warrant for his arrest. Police found about 26 grams of a substance that tested presumptive positive for cocaine in one of Lopez’s pockets, according to records. He was arrested on suspicion of attempting to influence a peace officer, drug possession, backing into a vehicle and on a warrant.
Police suspected there were more drugs inside the Jeep and towed it to the department for a search pending a warrant. A detective secured the warrant three days later. According to records, the detective found a bag containing nearly 43 grams of a substance that tested presumptive positive for cocaine and a smaller makeshift bag torn from a grocery bag that contained about 1.3 grams of the substance. Police said they also found several empty baggies, a scale and loose cash.
On Sept. 18, police conducted an in-custody booking on Lopez on suspicion of Class 2 drug felony distribution.
Online court records show Lopez faces charges for attempting to influence a public servant, Class 4 drug felony possession, criminal impersonation and the distribution charge. He also faces traffic charges in a November 2019 incident for allegedly speeding, driving without insurance and misusing depot tags.
Lopez is scheduled to face the charges in a disposition hearing 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26.