A Weld County man has been arrested after ramming a patrol car with a front loader, according to the sheriff’s office.
Mark Robert Hamilton, 61, was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of attempted second-degree assault and attempted vehicular assault, both felonies, a news release said.
At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy went to Hamilton’s residence, in the 25400 block of County Road 49, to serve him with a protection order, the release said.
Hamilton refused to speak with the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect then appeared driving a front loader, carrying a hay bale, and rammed the deputy’s vehicle attempting to push it off the property. The deputy was not in the vehicle.
According to the release, Hamilton exited the loader’s cab, and the deputy deployed a Taser on him, to no effect. Hamilton retreated to his home, and a five-hour standoff ensued.
The suspect was taken into custody, after the SWAT team fired five rounds of tear gas, at about 9:05 p.m., the release said. No injuries were reported.
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