Driver who hit DPD car while trying to avoid arrest charged with 1st-degree assault

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Joe Jurado Jr.

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DENVER — The man who police said was driving a car that hit a Denver Police cruiser while fleeing officers and was then shot has been charged, the district attorney’s office said.

Joel Jurado Jr., 26, of Littleton faces two charges of first-degree assault and a charge of aggravated driving with a revoked license, said Sue Lindsay of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Police said Jurado was with his brother, Carlos Jurado, 20, on Nov. 20 when a Denver Police officer tried to pull their vehicle over for suspicion of DUI near Interstate 70 and Havana Street around 11 p.m.

Instead of stopping, Jurado sped away into Commerce City. Denver Police did not pursue him, said Det. Mike Saunders of the Commerce City Police Department.

Their vehicle was found later that night parked between two semi tractor-trailers at 59th Avenue and Holly Street in Commerce City, Saunders said.

When officers walked up to the parked vehicle, a drove off, hitting a DPD vehicle, Saunders said.

Officers opened fire, Saunder said, hitting both Jurado brothers. Both were taken to a local hospital and arrested after treatment.

Court documents indicate Denver Police officers Ernest Sandocal and Jeff Dimanna were allegedly assaulted by Joel Jurado.  Details about the assault have not been released and a judge has sealed the affidavit in the case.

Police have not said how many shots were fired at either Jurado brother and from which officer.

Joel Jurado is being held in the Adams County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His next court hearing is set for Dec. 1.

Carlos Jurado was released from the hospital this week. He has not yet been charged in the incident and Lindsay said the investigation against him was ongoing.

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