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    Twelve Years Prison for Branden Winters

    Branden Kyle Winters, 23, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for stealing an SUV, ramming several police cruisers and leading police on a high speed chase in Wheat Ridge.

    On February 26, 2010 Wheat Ridge police received a 911 call from a RTD bus driver reporting an errant driver in an SUV. An officer attempted to make contact with the driver of the stolen SUV, Branden Winters, at a gas station at 3800 Kipling. Before the officer could make contact, Winters drove the SUV directly toward the police cruiser and rammed it.

    Winters, in the stolen SUV, sped out of the gas station parking lot. Wheat Ridge police officers followed Winters down West 38th Avenue, in and out of a park and a nearby school zone. At one point the pursuit reached a speed of 80 miles an hour.

    A third Wheat Ridge Police officer joined the response. As he was driving towards the stolen SUV, Winters drove head-on into his cruiser, causing both vehicles to explode in flames. The police officer escaped without serious injuries. Winters took off on foot. He broke into a nearby home and hid in a crawl space until police located him, with the assistance of a K-9 Unit.

    During the chase, Winters rammed the original police cruiser a second time as well as hitting other cars in his attempt to get away.

    On December 13, 2010 Winters pled to Vehicular Eluding, 2nd Degree Assault, and 3rd Degree Assault on a Peace Officer. District Judge Stephen Munsinger sentenced Winters to the maximum, 12 years in prison, and ordered him to pay over $60,000 in restitution

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    March 23, 2011

    Last Updated: 6-26-2013
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