Man gets four years for car chase with police

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DENVER — A 34-year-old man was sentenced last week to four years in prison after a chase in which he slammed his car into a police cruiser, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office reported Monday.

On Feb. 1, a Gilpin County Sheriff’s deputy saw Thomas Murroni at a property at 833 Lodge Pole Drive in Black Hawk and tried to confront him regarding two outstanding felony warrants against him.

The deputy approached a car in the driveway at and saw that Murroni was in the car. The deputy began to walk towards Murroni, telling him that he wanted to talk to him. Murroni threw the car into reverse and backed out the long driveway and onto the road. He then drove away, with police in pursuit.

Murroni led police through winding mountain roads, with Central City and Black Hawk police eventually joining the chase. As they closed in, the suspect reportedly spun his car around, hitting one of the police cruisers, and sped off again.

Police found Murroni’s abandoned car a few miles away. They followed fresh footprints in the snow and found Murroni, who surrendered without further incident.

Murroni was under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine at the time he was arrested.

On June 21, he pled guilty to Criminal Mischief and DUI.  The incident marks his fifth felony conviction, and he has three felony cases pending in Jefferson County.

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