Brighton police search for suspect who hit officer, 3 patrol cars

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — A search was underway Friday night for a man from Longmont accused of hitting a Brighton police officer and three police cars with his vehicle. He fled after this happened Friday afternoon.

Investigators say the suspect is 52-year-old Mark Duane Molstad.

  • 6 feet tall
  • 200 pounds
  • Red hair and a beard
  • Driving 2015 shite Jeep Cherokee
  • Colorado license plate 951-XBM

Police say his jeep had damage to the front end, rear bumper and undercarriage.

This happened when Brighton officers were working traffic control at Highway 85 and Weld County Road 2 due to a malfunctioning traffic signal.

“At approximately 4:52 p.m., dispatch advised them that a woman reportedly being followed by her ex-husband on southbound Hwy 85 was approaching their location,” a statement from Brighton police said.

“As officers approached the woman’s vehicle to make contact with her, a white Jeep Cherokee directly behind her rapidly swung out of the lanes of traffic, striking a Brighton officer in the leg before fleeing southbound on Hwy 85.  Officers pursued the suspect vehicle southbound on Hwy 85 to Bridge St., where the Jeep exited the highway and headed west on Hwy 7 to Miller St., where the driver turned south into the Crown Homes area.”

The suspect hit three police cars during the chase. Police stopped their pursuit at that time out of concern for public safety.

Anyone who sees Mark Molstad or the white Jeep Cherokee should call 911 or their local police department.