GJ man arrested in damage to cruiser

Karl Carothers

A 33-year-old Grand Junction man suspected of sideswiping a Grand Junction Police Department patrol car in an orange PT Cruiser Wednesday was arrested Thursday after a tip led officers to the car.

Karl Carothers was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree assault, vehicular eluding, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident after he was spotted in an alley behind a home where the car was parked in the 800 block of Elm Avenue, the Police Department said in a news release.

A Thursday morning tip led officers to the car, and additional witness information helped detectives identify Carothers as a suspect, the Police Department said.

A search of Colorado Bureau of Investigations records shows Carothers is no stranger to area law enforcement.

He has been arrested or ticketed 22 times between 1998 and March 15, 2013, in Colorado, according to CBI,

In 2001, Carothers was convicted of aggravated motor vehicle theft, reckless driving, criminal impersonation, possession of a weapon by a prior offender and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

He’s also been convicted of felony menacing, assault, false reporting and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to CBI.

The latest incident that led law enforcement to Carothers happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, when a witness told officers a PT Cruiser appeared to intentionally hit a police vehicle in the 1200 block of Ute Avenue. Neither the officer nor the prisoner he was transporting were injured.

Daily Sentinel reporter Paul Shockley contributed to this story.


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