Drunk cyclist arrested after trying to strangle Boulder cop

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Matthew Tello (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

Matthew Tello (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

BOULDER, Colo. – A Boulder man is in jail after police said he attempted to strangle an officer after he was stopped riding his bicycle drunk on Sunday night.

The Daily Camera reported that 24-year-old Matthew Tello was riding his bike with his friend sitting on the handlebars near the 3200 block of 28th Street.

According to a police report, the two were spotted pulling up to the left side of a car waiting to pull out of the KFC parking lot, when they started yelling at the driver. Witnesses said Tello’s friend started banging his hands on the car and kicking the front passenger-side door before they both left the scene.

The Camera reported that when Officer Beth McNalley found Tello in a dirt lot nearby, dispatchers overheard Tello yelling, “You’re a real big (expletive) cop” on her radio.

According to a police report, McNalley said Tello swore at her, and “Put his hand around her throat and began squeezing.”

After Tello was tackled and handcuffed, he told police, “I’m drunk, it’s my birthday,” the paper reported. Officers said Tello’s speech was slurred and they found a flask containing what they believed to be alcohol.

Tello reportedly returned to the scene after the initial incident to look for his wallet, and that’s when witnesses were able to get a better description of him.

Police arrested Tello on suspicion of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, felony menacing, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, DUI and being an accessory to a crime.

His friend who was on riding the handlebars of the bicycle was not located, according to police.

Tello is in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $50,000 bond.