A Colorado man is charged with multiple crimes after authorities say he broke into a sheriff’s station, stole a patrol vehicle and then was the first to respond to a domestic violence call.
Jeremiah James Taylor, 33, broke into a Park County sheriff’s substation near Lake George, about 30 miles west of Colorado Springs, early Monday morning, the county sheriff’s office said. of Teller in a press release. Authorities said Taylor robbed the station and later stole a marked patrol vehicle.
At 3:27 a.m., a radio call for “domestic violence in progress” was broadcast on the Teller County Police radio system, which is just east of Park County. Taylor, in the patrol vehicle, heard the call and was the first to arrive at Florissant’s home, with the vehicle’s siren on.
Dispatchers told officers “a Park County sheriff was on the scene, appeared to be intoxicated, and the Park County sheriff’s vehicle was damaged,” according to an affidavit shared on Facebook.
When Teller County deputies arrived, they noticed the vehicle and told Taylor to turn off the vehicle and get out. Authorities said Taylor did not listen to orders and rushed onto a nearby highway.
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About two hours later, the vehicle was spotted and a chase ensued with Park County and Teller County officers. Taylor reached speeds of 110 miles per hour, with officials saying he committed multiple traffic violations, including overtaking vehicles on yellow dual-lane dividers.
The vehicle then crashed and Taylor attempted to flee into the woods. Officers located Taylor and tried to get him to show his hands, but he pulled out a knife. Authorities said a Taser was deployed on Taylor and a shot was fired by officers.
Taylor was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for self-inflicted stab wounds, officials said.
Taylor faces four counts, including aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, escaped vehicle and impersonating a peace officer, as well as other misdemeanor counts.
He had been on probation for uttering threats, theft and drunk driving, and authorities are investigating possible crimes he committed before entering the sheriff’s station. The First Judicial District Attorney’s Critical Incident Response Team is also investigating the officer who fired the shots.
“The Lake George substation is now secure and the investigation is ongoing. We are pleased that no one was injured and appreciate that Teller County brought this suspect in,” the Park County Sheriff said. , Tom McGraw, in a statement.
Jail records show Taylor was also charged with criminal mischief.
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