CASTLEROCK, Colorado-Yesterday, defendant Reese Slade was sentenced to 108 years in the Department of Corrections for Assault in the First Degree on Douglas County Sheriff Office (DCSO) Deputy Jason Jarrett, Attempted Assault in the First Degree on Castle Rock Police Department Officer Todd Thompson and Menacing on DCSO Deputy Kevin Nichols. He was also convicted of DUI, possession of Methamphetamine and Oxycodone. At a prior hearing, he had been determined to be a Habitual Offender.
On February 5, 2010, defendant Slade was pulled over pursuant to a REDDI report of a DUI and refused to comply with Deputy Jarrett’s repeated orders to get out of his car. Eventually, when Jarrett tried to pull him out, Slade resisted him and drove off with Deputy Jarrett hanging out of Slade’s car, and crashed into a fence. Then, defendant placed his car in reverse and drove backwards, with Jarrett still hanging out of the driver’s side door. Slade’s car crashed into a trailer and a fence, pinning Deputy Jarrett between the car door and the trailer. Officer Thompson and his K9 Legion were also nearly struck by the car as Slade drove it in reverse. Eventually, the officers were able to place Slade under arrest. In a subsequent search of defendant’s car, they recovered a loaded handgun, a quarter pound of Methamphetamine and some Oxycodone. At the time of his arrest, Slade had several prior convictions including: Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Substance (2006) and Felony Theft from the Elderly (1995).
Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler commented today that: “This 108 year sentence sends the message that our office will vigorously prosecute anyone who attacks the police, judges, prosecutors and prison guards who work to keep us safe. Criminals should take from this sentence that justice will be swift and commensurate with their actions. We will protect those who protect us.”
Sheriff David A. Weaver stated: “This outcome is a testament to the solid working relationship between all the law enforcement agencies in Douglas county and the District Attorney’s office. Together we achieved justice for the injured officers and the citizens of Douglas County.”
The case was investigated by Detective Michael Williams of the Castle Rock Police Department, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Investigators from the Eighteenth Judicial District Critical Response Team. Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney Jason Siers and Senior Deputy Doug Bechtel prosecuted the case on behalf of the District Attorney of the Eighteenth Judicial District, George Brauchler.