DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Police on Saturday released additional information about a number of hits and runs in downtown Denver. It is said that two police patrol cars were hit and both were manned near 14th Avenue and Delaware Street.
A police officer and a prisoner were in one of the patrol cars. Another officer was in the second patrol car. All suffered minor injuries and are expected to be fine.
A pedestrian was also hit near 14th Avenue and Broadway. Police say this person sustained serious leg injuries.
Police identified the driver as Tyler Hazell, 23. He was arrested shortly after the Denver, Adams County accidents.
Copter4 flew over the dramatic scene. At least a dozen police vehicles from various agencies responded on Highway 2 and the Quebec Parkway northwest of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
While some officers blocked traffic going north, some other officers blocked the lanes going south a few hundred feet north on the highway. The officers were seen with guns drawn and pointed at a silver Honda SUV.
The driver was still inside. Moments later, officers approached the vehicle with a K9. After opening the driver’s door, they released the K9 on Hazell.
Officers were then seen pulling the driver out of the vehicle and onto the ground. Hazell was taken into custody.
The SUV had front damage.
In police documents, officials say they responded to a disturbance at a Burger King between employees and Hazell on West Colfax Avenue around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
They say he left before the officers arrived. Hazell reportedly drove west on Delaware Street and then headed back in the wrong direction until he was next to a Honda Civic.
Investigators say Hazell rolled down his window and told people, “Run against me or die.”
When the driver made a U-turn, police said Hazell followed them and rammed the back and side of the car several times and then drove away.
Then, while on Colfax Ave. drove east, running over two men on a sidewalk. Police said Hazell followed one of them in his car while they were walking away from the vehicle and beat him.
Before hitting the two police vehicles on Delaware Street, police said Hazell drove the wrong way on 14th Avenue, got out of the car to reach a homeless man, and then got back in the car.
After this series of incidents, police said Hazell went to Burger King on Colfax Ave. returned and hit a parked truck that was unoccupied. An officer at the scene tried to stop him, but Hazell drove away.
Investigators say Hazell “continued his rampage” in other jurisdictions until his car stopped driving on Highway 2. He was arrested on charges of assault and a pending domestic violence arrest warrant, which court records said took place on Saturday morning.
Hazell’s mug shot was not released. He is expected in court on Monday.