Man arrested for DUID in Longmont after spending 3 hours in tree

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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A Longmont man was arrested Tuesday after he had a three-hour standoff with the Boulder County SWAT team while in a tree.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. after a 911 call reported a man was stopped in the middle of the road near 39th Street and Nelson Road banging his car with a pipe wrench, breaking out the windows, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The caller followed the vehicle until deputies arrived. The vehicle drove west up Lefthand Canyon to Buckingham Park, where the driver, later identified as 32-year-old Richard Poula Jr. of Longmont, crashed into a rock in the parking lot and went airborne before stopping in a field.

The sheriff’s office said Poula got out of the car, ran through a creek, up a hillside and climbed a tree that was on a steep cliff. When Poula wouldn’t come down, negotiators from the Boulder County SWAT team were called in.

After three hours, Poula descended from the tree and was taken into custody by the Colorado State Patrol for investigation of driving under the influence of drugs. Poula is facing other charges related to to numerous accidents.

Lefthand Canyon was temporarily closed during the incident.


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