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Pritchett man who pinned officers with car gets 14-year jail sentence

Russ Ashley, 45, of Pritchett, CO, was sentenced to 14 years based on an incident in which he pinned two Frisco police officers with his car and sped 80 mph on Main Street in Frisco.
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A Pritchett man was sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts after using his car to corner two Frisco police officers against their vehicles.

Russ Ashley, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault on a peace officer and escape from vehicle, according to a press release from the 5th Judicial District.

The charges and guilty pleas stem from Ashley’s arrest in an incident on March 19, 2021, the news release said. He says his erratic driving behavior led Frisco police to arrest him to investigate a possible DUI. When Ashley finally pulled over, Frisco officers asked him to get out of his vehicle, but Ashley did not get out of the vehicle as requested, the district attorney’s office says.

As an officer opened the car door to arrest Ashley, he allegedly reversed the car, pinning two officers against their patrol vehicle parked behind Ashley’s car. Police said Ashley then continued to reverse with enough force for the driver’s side door of her vehicle to fold forward, before putting her vehicle into gear and accelerating to around 80mph on Main Street in Frisco, stopping at Tenmile Creek. Trailhead and attempt to go up the trail to escape.

Injured Frisco police chased Ashley down the trail and eventually arrested him, according to the district attorney’s office. The two officers pinned down by Ashley were treated for leg injuries.

A search of Ashley’s vehicle revealed 37 grams of methamphetamine and small amounts of LSD and heroin, the statement said. Results of a blood test reportedly indicated Ashley was under the influence of marijuana, speed and methamphetamine while driving.

A bystander who observed what happened said what he saw “…was a complete disrespect for human existence,” the statement said.

Judge Karen Romeo sentenced Ashley to 12 years in prison for the two second-degree assaults and two years for carjacking, the press release said. Romeo cited the egregious nature of the offense and Ashley’s criminal history in the judgment.

Ashley was also sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to register as required in Colorado as a sex offender, the press release said.