A 43-year-old man suspected of drunken driving was arrested Monday evening after he reportedly was found swerving down a Grand Junction road and allegedly hit two Mesa County sheriff's deputies' vehicles.
Victor Reyes-Lomeli was booked into the Mesa County Jail on felony counts of attempted vehicular assault and vehicular eluding and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He is expected to make his first appearance in court this afternoon.
Deputies responded to a report of a possible drunk driver around 6:30 p.m. swerving while driving east on River Road near Railroad Boulevard. The report matched the description and location of a vehicle that moments prior had almost struck a deputy's patrol vehicle driving the opposite way, the sheriff's office said in a news release.
The deputy in the area made a U-turn and tried to stop the vehicle, a Volkswagen Bug, but it instead turned down a private drive near 23 Road and began ramming a locked gate. After causing about $200 damage, the car turned around, hit the patrol vehicle and took off on River Road at a slow rate of speed, according to the sheriff's office.
The deputy pursued the vehicle still swerving in opposing lanes of traffic when a second deputy arrived to assist. The vehicle crossed the center line and hit the second patrol vehicle. It then continued on Riverside Parkway, eventually coming to a stop about 50 yards away near 24 Road.
Deputies pinned the vehicle so it couldn’t drive off again. The driver, identified as Reyes-Lomeli, was arrested. No one was injured.
The Grand Junction Police Department and Colorado State Patrol also assisted with this incident.