Man gets 108 years for assault on Douglas County deputy

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Reese Slade

Reese Slade

By Paula Vargas

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A man with a long criminal history was sentenced to 108 years in prison for attempting to run over sheriff’s deputies February 5, 2010, during a traffic stop.

Douglas County deputies in two separate patrol cars spotted Reese Slade traveling westbound on Wolfensberger Rd. in Castle Rock for suspected D.U.I., according to police records.

Instead of complying and pulling over, Slade sped off and a chase involving the three vehicles began, eventually stopping at a dead-end in an industrial area behind a diesel mechanic shop two blocks from Caprice Court.

A deputy sheriff approached Slade’s vehicle requesting he step out of the car. When Slade refused, the deputy reached toward Slade in an attempt to physically remove him from the vehicle according to Castle Rock Police.

Slade resisted and drove off with the deputy sheriff hanging out of the driver’s side door and crashing into a fence.

Slade changed his gear into reverse and drove backwards while the deputy hung onto the vehicle from the side door. The suspect nearly hit a second officer and his K-9, before eventually crashing into a fence and trailer. The first deputy was pinned between the car door and the trailer, according to a statement released by Castle Rock police.

Police eventually took Slade into custody that evening.

Slade will serve 108 years for Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree and Menacing.

“This 108 year sentence sends the message that our office will vigorously prosecute anyone who attacks the police, judges, prosecutors and prison guards who work to keep us safe. Criminals should take from this sentence that justice will be swift and commensurate with their actions,” said George Brauchler, Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney. “We will protect those who protect us.”

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