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Posted on: June 4, 2018

Charges Filed in Vehicular Assault of Police Officer

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The District Attorney’s Office has filed charges in the case against Enrique Arellano, DOB: 12-29-93, for hitting a police agent as he attempted to elude law enforcement in a stolen car.

At around 2:00 a.m. on May 25, Lakewood police agents identified a stolen car, a Suburu, in the parking lot of Crossland Economy Suites, at 715 Kipling. They then observed a male and a female walking towards the stolen car. Additional police agents arrived, with emergency equipment activated.

According to the arrest affidavit, police gave Arellano verbal commands to get out of the car, which he ignored. Arellano then accelerated as he pulled the Suburu out of the parking space and began to drive out of the lot at a high rate of speed. A police agent in the parking lot was attempting to put his K9 partner on a leash, when he was hit by the Suburu. The agent was thrown over the car and suffered a significant head injury.  Arellano continued around the parking lot until he crashed into a parked car. Arellano and Flores fled on foot. She was captured a short time later.  Following an extensive search, Arellano was located about six hours later, hiding in a residential trash can.

Arellano has been charged with eight counts, including First Degree Assault – Extreme Indifference (F3); Vehicular Eluding – Injury (F4); Leaving the Scene – Serious Bodily Injury (F4); Vehicular Assault – Reckless (F5); and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.

Flores has been charged with one count of Accessory to a Crime (F5).

Arellano remains in custody at the Jefferson County jail on a $200,000 bond. Flores is in custody on a $20,000 bond. Both Arellano and Flores have until June 8 to schedule a preliminary hearing.

The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual has committed a crime(s). A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. See Colo. RPC 3.6.

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