Weld County Man Steals Tow Truck, Rams Greeley Police HQ
A man from Hill-N-Park was arrested on Monday for stealing a tow truck. In the words of the late, great Billy Mays "but wait, there's more ...". The suspect used the stolen tow truck to ram the Greeley Police Headquarters located at 2875 West 10th Street.
Rudy Salazar, 27, has been booked on five counts of attempted first-degree assault, one count of aggravated motor vehicle theft, one count of criminal mischief, one county of violating terms of parole. All counts are felonies as well as a single misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.
The initial report of the stolen tow truck came in at around 8 a.m. on Monday morning. Weld County Dispatch received numerous calls about the tow truck crashing into objects and vehicles as it drove north towards Greeley. Salazar arrived at the Greeley Police Headquarters as two sergeants were leaving their personal vehicles. At this time Salazar crashed into one of them.
After hitting one of the sergeants, Salazar then drove the stolen tow truck toward the gate of the secure parking lot. Salazar struck the control panel, disabling the stolen tow truck. The suspect then proceeded to leave the tow truck, crawled under the gate, and attempted to gain access to the interior of the police headquarters.
Salazar's attempt was unsuccessful to gain entry and it was at this time he was detained by officers. Salazar and a victim were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
See the photos of the damage here: