Suspect sought by Denver police in officer assault

(DENVER) -- Police obtained an arrest warrant Tuesday for a 33-year-old man who allegedly drove a car into an officer, knocked him down and injured him.

Detectives said they believe Gilbert Thomas was the driver of the Cadillac El Dorado that sped backward into officer Jess Leuthauser, 26, the night of Nov. 20. Thomas faces a possible charge of aggravated assault on a police officer. The officer suffered minor knee injuries.

After searching for the driver late Monday, police found the abandoned Cadillac at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of West 23rd Avenue, police said.

The incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Monday when officers were trying to contact residents of a home in the 3000 block of West 19th Avenue about a drug complaint.

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Earlier by PoliceOne

Hit-and-run foils drug investigation

(DENVER) -- An unknown man driving a Cadillac foiled a drug investigation on Monday when backed into a police officer and sped away, authorities said.

Officer Jess Leuthauser, 26, was treated and released for minor injuries at the Denver Health Medical Center after the 5 p.m. hit-and-run.

As Leuthauser approached 3025 W. 19th Ave. to investigate a drug complaint a man in a maroon Cadillac Eldorado with a tan vinyl top backed up the vehicle "at a high rate of speed," and struck Leuthauser, Sgt. Tony Lombard told the Rocky Mountain News.

Leuthauser and the other officers involved planned to approach and speak with the residents at that address and ask permission to search the premises, the "knock and talk" technique.

Leuthauser never made it to the front door. He was struck as he crossed the street in front of the house. Leuthauser was able to fire one round at the vehicle as it sped away, but it is unclear if the shot hit its mark, Lombard told the News.

Denver police are asking departments in neighboring areas to be on the look out for the car.

(PoliceOne Staff Report)

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