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Weld man arrested Tuesday after ramming deputy’s car with front loader

Posted on 01/13/2021

A Weld County man was arrested Tuesday night after ramming a deputy’s car with a front loader during a civil service call.

Mark Robert Hamilton, 61, was subsequently booked into the Weld County Jail on suspicion of one count each of attempted second-degree assault and attempted vehicular assault, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor charges of obstructing government operations and resisting arrest.

The charges stem from about 4 p.m. Tuesday when a deputy assigned to the Civil Unit traveled to Hamilton’s home in the 25400 block of Weld County Road 49 and attempted to serve him with a protection order. Hamilton resides in unincorporated Weld County about six miles east of Evans. A neighbor had petitioned the courts for the protection order over an unknown dispute.

When the deputy arrived at the home, Hamilton refused to speak with him, inaccurately arguing the sheriff’s office didn’t have jurisdiction. The deputy remained on the property for several minutes, knocking on the front door and some windows to try to get Hamilton to speak with him.

Suddenly, Hamilton appeared in the driveway behind the controls of a front loader carrying a large bale of hay. Hamilton pulled in behind the deputy’s vehicle, rammed it and attempted to push it off the property.

The deputy wasn’t in the vehicle at the time. After pushing the deputy’s vehicle several yards down the driveway, Hamilton turned the front loader toward the deputy and chased him.

At one point, Hamilton exited the cab and the deputy gave him commands to get on the ground. When Hamilton failed to comply, the deputy deployed a Taser, but it was unsuccessful. Hamilton then retreated to his house and barricaded himself inside, beginning what would ultimately be a five-hour long standoff with law enforcement.

Patrol deputies who responded to the scene spent several hours trying to establish contact with Hamilton by cellphone, text and over a loudspeaker. Eventually, the Weld County Regional SWAT Team was activated, arriving about 7:45 p.m. at Hamilton’s home.

The SWAT team made several more attempts to establish contact with Hamilton and encourage him to surrender. Hamilton was taken into custody without further incident at 9:06 p.m. after the SWAT team deployed five rounds of tear gas. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.