Man accused of driving stolen car denies involvement

Despite being identified as the driver of a vehicle that had been reported stolen Thursday, a man arrested by police said in court Friday he was not involved.

Carl Ridder, 31, who is on parole, told Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth he wears an ankle monitor that would alert his probation officer if he left his residence.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Sgt. Brett Talley, a police officer saw the car, a 1998 Buick Century, and tried to stop it, resulting in a pursuit that included crossing the parking lot of Brookshire’s at West 29th Avenue and Highway 79 and endangering customers who were on the lot at the time.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the officer lost sight of the vehicle. Later the same day, the owner of the car saw the car in the Broadmoor-Belmont area and tried to follow it, but also lost sight of the car.

The car was later found in the driveway of a house in the 2600 block of Colonial Drive and Kizer said both the police officer and the owner of the car identified Ridder as the person who was driving.

Bridgforth set a $25,000 cash-only bond for Ridder after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Ridder.