A man faces multiple criminal charges, including attempted murder, after several hit-and-run crashes late last month in Denver.
Tyler Hazell, 23, has been charged with 15 counts in connection with several Jan. 30 incidents that started at a fast-food restaurant near downtown, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said in a Wednesday news release.
Six victims, including two Denver police officers (one of whom was in the process of transporting a prisoner), were involved, the release said.
At about 8:30 p.m. officers were called to the Burger King at 1010 W. Colfax Ave. for a reported disturbance between a man and the staff, according to an arrest affidavit. The suspect, Hazell, allegedly fled in a 2003 Honda Pilot before officers arrived.
Hazell stopped at a red traffic light on Colfax at Delaware Street, then allegedly reversed the wrong way in the eastbound lanes for two blocks, the affidavit said. Hazell reportedly pulled up to a black Honda Civic, rolled down his window and yelled at the Honda driver: “Race me or die.”
The “terrified” female driver took off. Hazell allegedly pursued her vehicle and “rammed the back of her car,” as well as the passenger side several times. Hazell then fled and the victim called 911, the affidavit said.
At one point, on 14th Avenue, Hazell allegedly drove onto a sidewalk and attempted to strike two pedestrians, hitting and injuring one man. In the 1400 block of Delaware Street, Hazell “intentionally rams” a marked Denver police car with a “prisoner” inside, the report said.
He then allegedly drove south on Delaware a short distance and hit another marked patrol car, according to the affidavit. Hazell reportedly drove off and returned to the Burger King parking lot, where the incident allegedly started, and where he rammed an unoccupied, parked pickup truck.
The affidavit said Hazell then fled pursuing police officers, who had emergency lights and sirens activated, driving east where his battered vehicle came to a stop in the 7800 block of Quebec Way. There, he was put into custody and taken to Denver Health Medical Center.
The suspect is charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief, the release said. Prosecutors have also charged Hazell with two felony counts of bias-motivated crime. He is suspected of targeting a victim based on perceived sexual orientation.
Hazell is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
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