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Man arrested after ramming patrol car and leading officers on car chase, police say

One officer sustained minor injuries as the man crashed into several cars and led Westminster Police on a pursuit.

WESTMINSTER, Colorado — A man was arrested after driving into several cars, including a patrol vehicle, and leading officers on a chase Friday night, the Westminster Police Department (WPD) said.

WPD said they responded just before 8 p.m. to a report of a man who had been sitting in a Ford Explorer for more than an hour at West 90th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard. The vehicle was reported a stolen out of Denver, police said.

Officers attempted to contact the man when he rammed a patrol car as well as several unoccupied civilian cars before heading down U.S. 36. The officer in the rammed patrol car suffered minor injuries, WPD said.

Officers pursued the suspect on U.S. 36 and then to Interstate 270, before they called off the pursuit at I-270 and York Street, police said.

Officers exited I-270 at Vasquez Boulevard and saw that the Explorer had crashed and caught on fire. Police said the man who had been driving it was walking away from the crash.

WPD said officers tried to contact the man, who did not comply at first, but he was taken into custody after a short chase.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here.

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