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Police: Man Drives Pickup Through Fences in Longmont, Attempts to Run Over Officer

December 26, 2018
A driver on Tuesday ran through a fence at the corner of Mountain View Avenue and Martin Street in Longmont, missing the house but destroying an apple tree in the yard.

A 40-year-old man will face assault and DUI charges after driving his pickup truck on Tuesday through two fences and later attempting to run over a responding officer.

Michael Flores was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree assault, third-degree assault and DUI, and could face additional charges, according to Longmont police Sgt. Bruce Pettitt.

According to Pettitt, Flores was doing burnouts on Martin Street north of Mountain View Avenue around 5 p.m. when he decided to go down the street at a high rate of speed, smashing through a fence. He then crossed Mountain View Avenue and took a fence out in two places, Pettitt said, narrowly missing a person’s home.

A nearby officer saw the incident and tried to contact Flores in the yard. According to Pettitt, Flores attempted to use his pickup to run the officer over, but it got stuck around a tree in a backyard.

While officers attempted to put him under arrest, Flores head butted another officer, Pettitt said.

Pettitt said Flores was very intoxicated. There was a passenger in the pickup who attempted to stop Flores throughout the incident. Neither Flores nor his passenger were injured.

Flores was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and cleared before being taken to Boulder County Jail.

According to Colorado court records, Flores’ criminal history includes convictions for aggravated motor vehicle theft, driving under restraint and violation of a protection order. He also has two open cases in Weld County.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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