Man charged with fleeing traffic stop, ramming police car

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AURORA, Colo. — A man was charged with two felonies Monday in connection with a violent car chase that prompted police to open fire on him.

Jeffrey Strouse, 51, faces charges of vehicular eluding and aggravated driving after revocation of his license, the Denver District Attorney’s Office reported.

The car chase began about 11:12 p.m. on May 16. Officers from the Aurora Police Department pulled over a vehicle in the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Yosemite Street for a traffic violation, APD spokesman Chris Amsler said. While police were speaking with the driver, believed to be Strouse, he shifted his car into drive and fled.

Amsler said an investigator from the East Metro Auto Theft Team saw the suspect vehicle in the vicinity of E. Smith Road and North Havana Street shortly after the initial stop. According to the EMATT investigator, the suspect vehicle pulled into the parking lot in the 5100 block of North Havana Street in Denver.

At that point, officers attempted to block the car from fleeing again.

Police said the suspect then drove into an officer vehicle, prompting police to open fire. The suspect was not badly hurt.

The suspect then fled the parking lot and drove back onto North Havana Street.

Police followed the suspect, eventually stopping at North Tucson Street and East 56th Avenue, Amsler said. The suspect failed to comply with police demands to exit his vehicle, forcing an officer to break the driver’s window and remove the suspect, who was then taken into custody.

The suspect was treated for minor non-life-threatening injuries at a nearby hospital, said police.

He was later released from the hospital and taken into custody by the Denver Police Department.