Police: Man who rammed 2 police vehicles arrested
DENVER – A man in a stolen SUV rammed into a suburban Denver police officer’s vehicle, then led officers on a chase before striking the officer’s vehicle a second time and hitting another police vehicle in a fiery head-on collision Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Wheat Ridge police spokeswoman Lisa Stigall said the first collision took place when an officer approached the SUV after receiving a report of a suspicious vehicle at a gas station. Police say it appeared the driver was trying to start a stalled vehicle.
The suspect, Branden Winters, responded by driving into the officer’s car, which prompted the officer to shoot at Winters, she said.
Stigall said earlier Tuesday that the driver had shot at police, but she later said that information was wrong. She couldn’t confirm how many shots were fired.
After the first collision, Winters drove the SUV about three miles eastbound, at one point leaving the road to drive onto the grass of Panorama Park. He then turned westbound and rammed the police vehicle a second time, police said.
Winters then lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-on into a second police vehicle, causing both cars to burst into flames, police said.
Winters fled on foot but was quickly caught inside a nearby home after a police dog found him in a crawl space. The 22-year-old resisted arrest at first and suffered a dog bite, police said.
Television helicopter video showed a dazed suspect collapsing on a sidewalk and being loaded into an ambulance. Winters and one were transported to the hospital but were released, authorities said.
Winters was in custody at Jefferson County Jail Tuesday afternoon awaiting his advisement hearing. He faces several charges, including assault on a police officer, aggravated motor vehicle theft, felony eluding and second degree burglary.
Police said the license plate of the vehicle showed it had been stolen from Arvada.
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