Sidney man arrested after hitting police vehicle, pulling shotgun as police attempt to arrest him

May 9, 2019

The Cheyenne County Attorney’s Office filed charges Tuesday against a 43-year-old Sidney man who struck a Sidney Police officer’s vehicle and pulled a weapon as another officer tried to take him into custody.

Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub released documents Wednesday after charging Trent A. Glanz with charges of second-degree assault, a Class II felony; assault on an officer using a motor vehicle, a Class IIIA felony; and operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class IV felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Sidney Police officer arrested Glanz after Tuesday.

Police came into contact with Glanz after relatives asked for authorities to conduct a welfare check on the man at about 6:30 p.m. at a Sidney residence. Relatives of Glanz reported having received text messages stating that Glanz wanted to kill himself. In one exchange, the man allegedly said a weapon had been loaded and no one could save him now, a Sidney police officer says in the affidavit.

Officers attempted to locate Glanz at a Sidney residence, but did not locate anyone. An officer asked for the man’s cell phone to be pinged, which showed him on a county road north of Sidney. Dispatchers were contacted by Glanz’s brother, who said he was following the man in a vehicle and the man was heading to the north side of town and driving recklessly.

A Sidney officer had seen Glanz’s vehicle and two officers attempted to pursue the Glanz as he traveled in the area of 17th to 20th avenues. In the arrest affidavit, an officer describes Glanz as traveling at a high rate of speed and traveling toward two police vehicles at a high rate of speed on 19th Avenue when he struck a Sidney Police officer’s patrol car, causing the car to spin and come to rest on a sidewalk in the northwest corner of 19th Avenue and Cedar Street.

The officer radioed that she was OK and the second Sidney Police officer pursued Glanz to his residence on Sky Road. Glanz allegedly exited his vehicle, carrying a shotgun in his hands. The man pointed the weapon at the ground, the officer said, and walked away from the officer as he ordered Glanz to stop and to drop his weapon. During the exchange, the man allegedly told the officer he was not going to hurt him, but did not put the weapon down and told the officer to shoot him. Eventually, the man leaned the weapon against a garage door and the officer took possession of it.

Glanz was arrested. During the arrest, the officer reported detecting the strong odor of alcohol and a breath sample reported a blood alcohol level of .12 grams, four grams above .08 grams limit for driving while intoxicated in the state.

Bond in the case has been set at ten percent of $30,000. Glanz is scheduled to next appear in court on May 13.