On December 28, 2018, at approximately 1:30 a.m., a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputy was driving eastbound behind another vehicle on Riverside Avenue near East Prospect Road in Fort Collins.  The deputy could see a vehicle was traveling westbound toward him in the eastbound lanes.  The vehicle in front of the deputy had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with the 2014 Honda sedan.

The deputy turned on his vehicle’s emergency overhead lights as the Honda continued toward him.  The deputy slowed and the Honda collided with the front of the patrol vehicle.  The Honda driver tried to move his vehicle so the deputy called for assistance and held the driver at gunpoint.  Additional personnel from LCSO, Fort Collins Police Services, and Colorado State University Police arrived to assist.  The LCSO armored rescue vehicle (BearCat) was also deployed.

The suspect would not comply with commands (English and Spanish) to exit the vehicle and appeared to be reaching for something.  Deputies pinned the Honda between the BearCat and a patrol vehicle to prevent the suspect from driving away.  The suspect continued to ignore commands to exit the vehicle so Pepperball irritants were launched through a rear seat open window in attempts to gain compliance.

The suspect exited the vehicle, but did not follow commands and put his hands in his pockets.  The suspect was struck with a foam baton fired from a 40mm launcher and Pepperball.  He continued to ignore commands and got back into the Honda.  Pepperball was launched into the Honda again and the suspect exited the vehicle, complied with commands, and was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect was identified as Raul Evelio Lopez-Lopez (12/30/1993) of Fort Collins and showed signs of intoxication.  He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries associated with the Pepperball and foam baton strike.  He was then transported to the Larimer County Jail and booked on the following allegations:

DUI – Alcohol or Drugs
Reckless Driving (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
Obstruct a Peace Officer (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)

Lopez-Lopez was assigned a $1,250 personal recognizance bond.  A booking photo is attached.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash and was released. 

The patrol vehicle and the Honda both sustained moderate front end damage.

The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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Published on: 
Friday, December 28, 2018 - 1:21pm
Contact Details: 

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Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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