Longmont Police: Intoxicated Driver Struck Responding Officer in the Mouth

November 30, 2018

Longmont Times-Call

Longmont police allege that a driver who struck four vehicles and then a house elbowed a responding officer in the mouth as he attempted to run from the scene Wednesday evening.

Joel Acosta, 46, faces charges for felony assault as well as misdemeanor resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, driving under the influence and numerous traffic charges including five counts each of leaving the scene of an accident, careless driving and failure to notify police, according to an arrest report.

Acosta on Wednesday evening allegedly struck a vehicle near Second Avenue and Pratt Street, another in the 200 block of Terry Street and two more near Terry Street and Third Avenue

Police allege that when an officer arrived at the intersection of Third Avenue and Terry Street on a report of a car striking a house, they found Acosta stilling sitting in his vehicle with the airbags deployed.

The responding officer told Acosta to stay in his vehicle, but he started climbing out the window and tired to run away. When the officer grabbed Acosta’s shirt, he reportedly brought his arm back and struck her in the mouth.

A civilian who was in the area saw the scuffle and grabbed Acosta’s legs. Acosta fell down and the officer twice used a Taser to subdue him, and he allegedly struggled with several officers before they took him into custody, according to the report.

Police took Acosta to the hospital where he reportedly said that he had “consumed a lot of cocaine” and added that he was crazy, according to the arrest report.

Police also suspect Acosta, who reportedly added that he would be OK in about 30 days, was drinking.

Acosta, who remained in custody on Thursday, is due in court on Friday. He does not appear to have any previous criminal history in Colorado, according to online court records.

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