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Car engulfed in flames, driver allegedly punches cop

Dustin Foraker, 39, of Grand Junction was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly punching a police officer in the face, and for resisting arrest.
Dustin Foraker, 39, of Grand Junction was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly punching a police officer in the face, and for resisting arrest.(David Jones)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 9:17 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2020 at 12:09 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Dustin Foraker, 39, of Grand Junction was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly punching a police officer in the face, and for resisting arrest.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department along with firefighters with the Grand Junction Fire Department responded to Orchard Mesa Middle School just before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday after a report of a car fire in the parking lot.

As it turns out, Foraker was driving recklessly in the parking lot which may have contributed to the fire. When police showed up the car was fully engulfed in flames.

(David Jones)

When police tried talking to Foraker, he turned around and punched an officer. Foraker was then tased and arrested. Paramedics examined the driver and the officer. Foraker was taken to the hospital and has been released. He is now in custody at the Mesa County Detention Facility. The officer suffered minor injuries from the assault but was not transported to the hospital.

The full list of charges Foraker faces are:

  • Assault – 2nd degree on a police officer/firefighter
  • Assault – 2nd degree of a police officer/firefighter while in custody
  • Assault – 2nd degree with intent to infect, injure, or harm another
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Obstructing peace officer, firefighter, ER medical
  • Reckless driving
  • DUI – 3 or more prior convictions

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