Man charged with assaulting officer

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A 20-year-old Colorado Mountain College student went from a misdemeanor citation to felony charges when he attempted to run away from police and hit an officer, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Calvin Earl Carter was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department was called to Hill Hall at Colorado Mountain College after a report was made that Carter had drugs and drug paraphernalia in his dorm room, Fiebing said.

The police went to CMC with intentions of citing Carter for possession of marijuana, a petty offense. When police arrived, Carter took off running, Fiebing said, and officer Matthew Harmon tackled him to the ground.

Carter then tried to run away again, the police report alleges. In the process, he hit Harmon in the jaw and below the eye, police said.

Harmon then got Carter under control and was able to get one handcuff on Harmon before backup arrived, Fiebing said.

Harmon also tried to use pepper spray on Carter, which Fiebing said did not work.

Carter was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries resulting from the pepper spray and then booked at the Routt County Jail. Carter is still in jail on $5,000 bond.

In the emergency room, Carter admitted to using PCP, Fiebing said.

"He turned a petty offense into a felony, and we think PCP had something to do with it. People tend to be fairly violent on it," Fiebing said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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