Man arrested after standoff with cops

Adam Phillips

A Clifton man who holed up for nearly three hours Wednesday when law enforcement tried to arrest him was wanted for allegedly accelerating at officers and crashing his car while fleeing from police in July.

SWAT team officers took Adam Phillips, 27, into custody after the lengthy standoff in the 3200 block of Arrowleaf Court on Wednesday. He was wanted on charges including two counts of attempted first-degree assault on a peace officer, among other offenses.

Phillips is alleged to have discharged a firearm July 3, in a dispute with a girlfriend in which witnesses said he also forced the woman into a vehicle and drove off at a high rate of speed.

Investigators believe that’s when Grand Junction Police officers arrived on a disturbance report and confronted Phillips. Officers said Phillips “responded to the officers’ actions by quickly accelerating directly toward them,” an arrest warrant affidavit reads.

The car Phillips’ was allegedly driving soon after crashed into a parked trailer, nearly injuring a police officer with debris from the collision. Phillips allegedly fled the scene, and dumped the car in the parking lot of Nisley Elementary School later that night.

Phillips was advised Thursday on possible charges including two counts of attempted first-degree assault on a peace officer, two counts of menacing, unlawful possession and prohibited use of a weapon, reckless driving and driving while suspended. Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson issued a $10,000 cash-only bond in the case on Thursday.


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