One in custody after police chase stolen patrol car through multiple metro Denver communities


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (KDVR) — Multiple metro Denver law enforcement agencies pursued a stolen patrol car Tuesday night.

According to the Englewood Police Department, about 7:45 p.m., officers responded to the Army/Navy Surplus Store at 3524 S. Broadway on a report of a disturbance.

When EPD officers arrived, they contacted 27-year-old David Cassuto. He requested mental health services, so he was taken to the Santa Fe House at 6509 S. Santa Fe Dr.

“Once the transporting officer arrived, Cassuto changed his mind and decided he no longer required mental health services. There was no evidence presented during the interaction with officers that would warrant an involuntary mental health hold on Cassuto,” Englewood police said in a written statement.

Officers then gave Cassuto a ride to near South Federal Boulevard and West Yale Avenue. Upon exiting the marked Englewood police vehicle, Cassuto gained control of it and fled northbound on Federal at a high rate of speed.

EPD did not say how Cassuto managed to get control of the car.

Englewood dispatchers used GPS to track the patrol car.

“Several agencies assisted in locating the police vehicle and after a lengthy search, the vehicle crashed in the area of South Zurich Court and West Warren Avenue,” EPD said.

Cassuto ran from the scene but was taken into custody in the 2400 block of South Sherman Street.

A number of law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit, including the Colorado State Patrol.

No injuries were reported.

The patrol car was damaged.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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