Man accused of ramming police vehicles, injuring two Thornton officers formally charged
THORNTON, Colo. — A man who allegedly rammed two police vehicles with a stolen truck after a liquor store burglary that injured two Thornton police officers was formally charged Wednesday, 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young announced.
Nathan Wallace, 32, is charged with first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree burglary, vehicular eluding, criminal mischief, two counts of attempted second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a weapon by a previous offender — all felonies.
Police responded to a report of a suspicious pickup truck that was backed up to 80000 Liquors at 2683 E. 120th Ave. just before 7 a.m. Sunday.
The truck left and the area and police closed in at 128th Avenue and Quebec Street. Police continued to chase the truck before terminating the pursuit.
Officers at the liquor store noticed a forced entry through the front doors and officers resumed the pursuit of the truck southbound onto Irma Drive, then westbound on 104th Avenue where a PIT maneuver was used.
Police said Wallace, the driver, intentionally rammed a police vehicle, injuring an officer. The truck then sideswiped and attached itself to another police vehicle, injuring a second officer.
The truck finally stopped and two men were arrested. Police said a handgun was recovered from Wallace.