An Elizabeth man, who was arrested in 2010 for driving away from a traffic stop with a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy hanging off the side of his vehicle in Castle Rock, was sentenced to 108 years in prison.
Reese Slade was convicted in January following a jury trial in which he was found guilty of first-degree assault on Deputy Jason Jarrett, attempted first-degree assault of Castle Rock Police Officer Todd Thompson and a charge of menacing on Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Nichols. He was also convicted of driving under the influence as well as possession of a quarter-pound of methamphetamine and some oxycodone.
Slade, who had been convicted for four previous felonies, was sentenced by 18th Judicial Court Judge Richard Caschette as a habitual offender.
“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,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “We will protect those who protect us.”
Slade was pulled over on Caprice Drive in Castle Rock on Feb. 5, 2010, following a traffic report of a DUI. When ordered to exit his vehicle by Jarrett, he refused and drove off with the deputy hanging from his car.
After crashing the vehicle into a trailer and a fence — pinning Jarrett between the car and trailer — Slade drove toward Nichols, who used his handgun to fire at the man. According to Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, Slade suffered a minor gunshot wound to the head, and both he and Jarrett were treated and released after the incident.
“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,” said Sheriff David A. Weaver. “Together we achieved justice for the injured officers and the citizens of Douglas County.”
The case against Slade was investigated by Castle Rock Police, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the 18th Judicial District critical response team.