Man Bites K9: Denver Tractor Fugitive’s Twisted Timeline

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DENVER, CO – Denver tractor fugitive Thomas Busch, 37, led police on a 10-20 mph chase the wrong way down a one-way downtown Denver street July 21– captured on cell phones and posted to Twitter –until he was finally stopped when a squad car rammed into the stolen John Deere.

Busch was charged Friday with 23 counts, including auto theft, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, eluding police and cruelty to a police dog, the Denver County District Attorney’s Office said.

Busch allegedly bit a police K9 dog while resisting arrest. In the confusion, the dog also bit a cop, police said in an arrest affidavit. Police released a timeline Friday, showing that incident, along with various carjackings, hit-and-runs and trespassing.

The DPD timeline follows:

At 5:20 p.m. during the Friday rush hour, Busch allegedly carjacked a jeep at Colfax Avenue and and Kipling Parkway in Lakewood. He was charged with felony menacing and auto theft. At 5:40 p.m., Busch allegedly dumped the stolen jeep and stole a tow truck in the 700 block of Water Street. He struck a Subaru traveling southbound in the 700 block of Water Street and drove away (a hit-and-run charge).At 5:43 p.m., Busch drove the tow truck onto I-25, traveling south in the northbound lanes. The tow truck struck another car in a head-on collision that caused serious injuries, police said. He fled the scene on foot (leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving).Between 6:45-7 p.m., Busch illegally entered a Denver Water facility at 1600 W. 12th Avenue and stole a John Deere tractor with a lawn mowing deck attached, valued at more than $70,000 (auto theft, trespassing).At 8:18 p.m., he illegally entered a construction site at 9th Avenue and North Colorado Boulevard. He left the construction site after causing damage to and attempting to steal a 20-ton front loader valued at more than $250,000, police said (attempted auto theft, criminal mischief).At 8:25 p.m., while driving the tractor westbound on 11th Avenue, he was involved in another hit-and-run crash near North Colorado Boulevard (hit and run, leaving the scene). At 8:28 p.m., he arrived 23rd Avenue and North Colorado Boulevard, City Park golf project, police said. With the tractor he rammed the fence and gate, then entered the golf course project site and attempted to steal a construction truck, and attempted to break into a construction trailer, police said. As Denver cops arrived, he allegedly jumped back into stolen Denver Water tractor and took off. He refused to stop for Denver police squad cars with flashing lights. (Attempted burglary, criminal mischief, eluding police)At 8:41, Busch allegedly drove away from the City Park construction site, pursued by police.At 8:47, he arrived at Manual High School and almost struck a pedestrian at 26th Avenue and North Williams Street on the sidewalk. Chased by officers, he allegedly drove through the fence at Manual and continued toward the 16th Street Mall. At 9:07 p.m., the tractor arrived at 15th Avenue and Market Street, where Busch allegedly turned the wrong way on a one way street, chased by several squad cars with lights flashing. A squad car stopped the tractor by ramming it in a head-on collision, injuries the officer.Busch allegedly resisted the electric shocks from two officers tasering him, and continued to fight officers trying to take him into custody. A K9 dog was released by an officer. Busch allegedly bit and choked the dog (Resisting arrest, cruelty to animals).

Busch was taken to a hospital to be treated for dog bites and other injuries, police said.

Busch has a background of criminal arrests. Denver7 reported he had a past criminal record that included arrests for burglary, domestic violence, robbery, assault and multiple traffic offenses. He is being held at the Denver jail with no bond.

Busch is next scheduled to appear in Denver court on July 30, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Image via Denver Police Dept.

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