A man was arrested after deputies wrestled a hunting knife away from a man following a high-speed chase involving a stolen vehicle on Thursday, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said.
Roger Sullivan, 50 of Boulder, was taken into custody after crashing on Interstate 270, and he is accused of biting a deputy’s hand while being taken to a hospital.
The incident started just before 2 p.m. when deputies saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of the Valli-Hi Motel at 7320 Pecos St.
A records check found the vehicle and the displayed license plate were reported as stolen, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies positioned their vehicles behind the suspect’s vehicle in an effort to prevent the driver from leaving.
When deputies contacted Sullivan, he accelerated and backed into the sheriff’s vehicles, hitting them multiple times, the sheriff’s office said.
Sullivan continued to ram the vehicles, but deputies deployed stop sticks before he sped out of the parking lot and hit another sheriff’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies pursued Sullivan at a high rate of speed onto Pecos Street, then eastbound on Highway 36 and onto eastbound Interstate 270, officials said.
Sullivan hit another vehicle on I-270 and crashed onto the shoulder of the interstate, the sheriff’s office said.
He ran from the scene and tried to engage deputies with a hunting knife he was carrying in a sheath, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies wrestled the knife from Sullivan, and he was subdued and arrested.
While being taken to a hospital, Sullivan continued to fight with medical personnel and bit another deputy, injuring the deputy’s hand, the sheriff’s office said.
A search of Sullivan and the vehicle uncovered cocaine, Ecstasy, morphine and oxycodone, the sheriff’s office said.
Sullivan is facing charges of second-degree assault on a peace officer, vehicular eluding-bodily injury to another, aggravated motor vehicle theft causing injury to another and criminal possession of a controlled substance (intent to distribute).
Sullivan is being held in the Adams County Detention Facility pending further court proceedings.