A 27-year-old man allegedly stole an Englewood police patrol car Tuesday night and then fled at high speed before crashing the vehicle, police said.
Following the crash, police officers took David Cassuto into custody after he tried to flee on foot, according to a Wednesday Englewood police news release.
Englewood police officers were called at around 7:45 p.m. to a military surplus store at 3524 S. Broadway on a report of a disturbance.
When they arrived, police spoke with Cassuto, who requested mental health services. They gave him a “courtesy ride” to the Santa Fe House, a mental health crisis facility at 6509 S. Santa Fe Dr. in Littleton, according to the news release.
“Once the transporting officer arrived, Cassuto changed his mind and decided he no longer required mental health services,” the news release said.
Because police did not see any evidence warranting an involuntary mental health hold, the officers gave him a ride to the area of South Federal Boulevard and West Yale Avenue, the release said.
When police stopped the marked patrol car, Cassuto allegedly gained control of the vehicle and drove northbound on South Federal Boulevard at a high rate of speed, the Englewood police news release said. The news release does not explain how he managed to take the car.
Using global positioning software, dispatchers pinpointed the location of the stolen police vehicle. Law enforcement officers from several agencies helped search for the car, the release said.
Following a lengthy search, Cassuto allegedly crashed the vehicle near South Zurich Court and West Warren Avenue and fled on foot, the news release said.
Police took Cassuto into custody a short time later in the 2400 block of South Sherman Boulevard, the release said.
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