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Man jumps into traffic to avoid being arrested

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” A routine traffic stop turned into a police chase after a motorist suspected of driving under the influence ran across the highway toward the woods to avoid being arrested.

Police initially pulled the man over for speeding, and after noticing that the man was slurring his words, an officer asked him how much he had to drink that night.

“Nothing, okay one … well maybe four beers,” the man replied.

Although the driver did agree to perform roadside maneuvers, he abruptly changed his mind halfway through the sobriety test.

Without warning, the man turned and ran in front of oncoming traffic, sprinting into the woods on the opposite side of the highway.

Officers ran after the man, shouting numerous times that he was under arrest and would be tasered if he did not stop.

When the man attempted to enter the backyard of a private home, an officer deployed the Taser into his back and called for backup as he placed the man in handcuffs.

After being checked at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center, the man was taken to the Summit County Jail, where he was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, obstructing traffic and speeding.

‘I’m sorry’ doesn’t cut it

A Jeep that failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign may have been able to go unnoticed if it wasn’t for the tan leather sofa almost falling off the roof.

When police attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver refused to stop, swerving into oncoming traffic before pulling into a parking lot at a local apartment complex.

The man then sprinted from the car toward another building in the complex, leaving the passenger behind.

The passenger informed police that he barely knew the man driving the car, but he was under the impression that the driver was running because he was intoxicated.

After several minutes of searching, officers located the driver hiding behind a parked car. When police instructed the man to stay where he was, he began yelling: “I’m sorry. It was stupid of me to run. I came back. Everything is okay.”

Although it was nice of him to apologize, police didn’t seem to sympathize with the man when they discovered he had no valid driver license and was carrying a stolen couch on top of his car.

When he failed to complete a set of voluntary roadside maneuvers, police took the man to the Summit County Jail, where he was charged with failing to stop at a stop sign, weaving, obstructing justice, driving under the influence and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

There has been no word as to whether the couch was ever returned to its proper owner.

When in doubt, play dumb

A concerned citizen called police to report a reckless driver “doing doughnuts” in the parking lot of a local church, and police arrived to find the driver swaying from side to side as he attempted to answer their questions.

The driver was unable to provide a valid drivers license and proof of insurance, and when asked to perform a set of voluntary roadside maneuvers, the man answered “no” and refused to cooperate.

Although he clearly understood the questions that the officers asked him, when he was placed under arrest and in the back of the patrol car, the man suddenly said “I don’t speak English,” and pretended to act confused.

The man was charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and driving recklessly.

While en route to the Summit County Jail, the man began to laugh when police asked if he was OK. To clarify some earlier confusion, an officer again asked the man if he spoke English, to which he replied: “Why, yes I do.”

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