Jeremiah Taylor charged with stealing sheriff’s patrol vehicle in Colorado

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Officers say Jeremiah James Taylor was riding in a stolen sheriff’s patrol vehicle early Monday when a domestic violence call from a nearby county came on the radio system. Taylor, 33, decided to go to the scene, officials say – and he was the first to arrive.

Minutes later in Teller County, Colorado, sheriff’s deputies arrived at the house and drove up the driveway to find a damaged Park County patrol vehicle. Taylor was behind the wheel, officers said, and refused to get out.

He then reportedly sped off, dodging the Teller County deputies who were following him.

What followed was a high-speed chase, crash and foot chase, officers said. Taylor was arrested and faces at least eight counts, including aggravated motor vehicle theft, impersonation of a peace officer, resisting arrest, reckless driving and burglary, according to a statement from Teller County Sheriff’s Office press.

Thursday morning, Taylor remained in the county jail. Court records do not mention a lawyer.

Held at gunpoint while driving, a driver rushed to alert officers

Taylor allegedly broke into a Park County sheriff office substation after 3 a.m. and stole a marked patrol vehicle. Sheriff Tom McGraw told KDVR that the facility was unstaffed that night, due to a lack of staff. In March, McGraw said he had to cut night patrols because he was down to just eight deputies in a county – west of Colorado Springs – of about 18,000 people. Now two deputies are on call every night and only respond to emergencies, leaving most callers waiting one to two hours for a response, KDVR reported.

Taylor heard the call for domestic violence for Teller County when he came through the law enforcement radio system around 3:27 a.m., according to the news release. After Taylor arrived at the house with a siren on, residents called the Teller County dispatcher to say a Park County deputy had arrived in a damaged vehicle and “appeared to be intoxicated”, says an arrest report.

Teller County sheriff’s deputies arrived about 10 minutes later and said they encountered Taylor as he was driving the patrol vehicle down the driveway.

“The vehicle stopped and I gave several verbal orders to turn off the vehicle and get out,” an officer wrote in the report.

Taylor reportedly ignored the deputies and fled.

Officers spotted the patrol vehicle about two hours later “and a pursuit ensued involving both Teller and Park County deputies,” the news release said. Driving at more than 110 mph, Taylor swerved into the lanes and ignored traffic signs, officers said, before crashing into the vehicle and fleeing into the woods.

A drunk driver was heading for a 10k race, police said. A soldier used his patrol car to protect the runners.

Deputies caught up with Taylor and ordered him to show his hands, the says the arrest report. But officers say he ignored them and pulled out a knife.

“During the confrontation, a Taser was deployed and at least one shot was fired by a law enforcement officer,” the Teller County Sheriff’s Office said. “No deputy was injured.”

Taylor was arrested and taken to the hospital “due to self-inflicted stab wounds,” the sheriff’s office added.

Taylor, who was on probation for threatening, stealing and driving under the influence, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office, is also “being investigated for numerous other crimes that occurred in the area shortly before this incident happened.” His next virtual court appearance is scheduled for June 27.

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