Driver Accused of Trying to Crash into Patrol Car

Ryan Ellsworth (Photo courtesy of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office)

A man is facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to smash into a deputy's patrol vehicle and leading law enforcement officers on a chase.

The El Paso County Sheriff's office says the deputy was on his way to a call at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday when the suspect, who was reportedly pulled over on the side of the road near Marksheffel and Bradley Rd., started driving in reverse towards the deputy.

The deputy was able to get out of the way before being hit and pursued the vehicle for a short distance before calling off the chase because the driver reportedly was driving so dangerously.

A little later, deputies spotted the vehicle again near Marksheffel and Highway 94 and began to follow it in unmarked vehicles. When they tried to stop it near Drennan Rd., the driver allegedly took off again.

Deputies put down spike strips near Bradley Rd., which effectively stopped the vehicle.

Ryan Ellsworth, 36, was then taken into custody without further incident, according to the sheriff's office.

Ellsworth is facing multiple charges including: attempted second degree assault, vehicular eluding, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

The sheriff's office says the call the deputy was originally responding to was not an emergency. The sheriff's office has not said if the suspect was related to that first call or not.