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BOULDER — University of Colorado Boulder police arrested a man Friday night after they responded to a possible hit-and-run, and found the 32-year-old holding a knife and refusing to cooperate with officers.

At 11:30 p.m., police responded to 30th Street and Baseline Road on reports of a possible hit-and-run accident. When police arrived, they found a man sitting in his van that had heavy front-end damage in the Bear Creek Apartments parking lot.

When officers approached the car, they found Jayme Lee McCoy sitting in his vehicle with his dog described as a pit bull.

When asked to show his hands, police said McCoy refused and then muttered incoherent statements. Officers said that he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

When police opened the car door, they found McCoy was holding a knife. After asking the suspect multiple times to show his hands, McCoy emerged out of his car after giving his dog a kiss and unleashing the animal.

Police said McCoy’s right hand was tucked behind his leg as if he might be holding a weapon, and as he came toward officers, police deployed a stun gun on the suspect.

According to officers, the suspect’s dog then came at police in an aggressive manner, and that’s when an officer fired a bean-bag shotgun round at the animal, but it did not appear the dog had been struck. Police said the dog then fled the scene.

McCoy was arrested and taken to the Boulder Community Hospital with minor injuries.

He is facing charges of felony menacing, obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct,driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, failing to remain at the scene after damaging another vehicle, driving a vehicle without a driver’s license and recording a second DUI offense.

Police said McCoy is not a student or employee at CU. The suspect has an extensive criminal background in multiple states on charges related to resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, burglary, weapons violations and drugs.

Police are still investigating the hit-and-run that was reported on 30th and Baseline.