A 27-year-old man was arrested after ramming a Parker police car and causing minor injury to the officer.
Aaron Kuss, 27, was taken into custody after a chase that ended with a PIT maneuver by …
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A 27-year-old man was arrested after ramming a Parker police car in the parking lot of a charter school and causing a minor injury to the officer.
Aaron Kuss, of Cherry Hills Village, was taken into custody after a chase that ended with a PIT maneuver by pursuing officers near E-470 and Gartrell Road.
Parker police officers stopped a black Mercedes sedan when the vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign at 11:17 a.m. Jan. 27. The stop was made in the parking lot of American Academy Charter School, located at 11155 Motsenbocker Road in Parker.
The driver of the Mercedes reversed the vehicle, hit a marked patrol unit and a Parker police officer, which caused minor injury. The nature of the injury was not specified.
The driver then fled the scene as pursuing units attempted to contact the vehicle. A Parker police sergeant decided to call off the chase for public safety reasons and because there was not an imminent threat to officers, said Lt. Chris Peters, public information officer for the Parker police.
A law enforcement bulletin with information about the vehicle was sent out to metro agencies. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office spotted the vehicle in the area of Meridian Village Parkway and Mainstreet. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver attempted to elude them, and a pursuit ensued. Stop sticks were deployed and the Mercedes drove over them. The driver continued to flee from deputies while driving on the vehicle's rims.
Deputies then utilized a Precision Immobilization Technique - or PIT maneuver - and were able to safely stop the car, according to a joint statement from the Parker Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office. A PIT maneuver is tactic in which a pursuing car forces a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.
Kuss allegedly resisted arresting officers and was Tased. He was taken into custody without additional injuries to deputies.
Kuss was booked into the Douglas County Detention Facility on charges of second-degree assault on a peace officer, vehicular eluding, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, failure to observe/disregarding a traffic control device, passing on the left when prohibited by markings, driving a vehicle with a suspended license, and criminal mischief.
He is currently being held on a $750,000 bond, said Michelle Yi, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
The female officer was standing next to the Mercedes speaking to Kuss when he suddenly put the vehicle in reverse, Peters said. The officer was struck by the Mercedes' open door. The Mercedes then hit a patrol car that was assisting on the call.
The injured officer was assessed by a doctor, but was not transported to the hospital.
The Parker police and sheriff's office thanked the Colorado State Patrol, Lone Tree Police Department and Aurora Police Department for assisting in the apprehension of Kuss.
Kuss's Facebook profile says he is a record producer and model.
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