Man armed with machete hit by police car faces multiple charges in incident

A man armed with a machete, who was hit by a Denver police patrol car, is being investigated for multiple crimes including felony menacing and first-degree assault of a peace officer.

The incident happened at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday in the 10900 block of Smith Road, according to an arrest affidavit.

An officer with the Colorado Department of Corrections was eating breakfast inside his SUV before starting his work shift when a man in a yellow hoodie, wearing a backpack and armed with a machete, “charged” the DOC officer’s vehicle, the affidavit said.

The officer, who works at the Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, an intake facility near the Denver County Jail, was able to safely drive away and call 911.

Two officers arrived and spotted a suspect walking on Smith Road. They got out of their vehicles and with guns drawn ordered the man to drop the machete, the affidavit said. The suspect did not comply and was “aggressively” approaching the officers when another patrol officer, in a patrol vehicle, drove up to the unfolding scene.

The third arriving officer drove his patrol vehicle into the armed man, knocking him into a ditch. The man suffered serious injuries, police said on Thursday.

Police recovered a 17-inch machete at the scene. A substance believed to be methamphetamine and a pipe was recovered from the backpack, the affidavit said.

The officer who hit the suspect has been placed on administrative leave and an investigation is ongoing.

The suspect, who was taken to a local hospital, is identified as 20-year-old Santos Evelio-Banegas. He also faces a drug possession charge in the case, according to the affidavit.

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