18-year-old Obed Rodriguez arrested, accused of driving car that hit Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - Authorities on Tuesday arrested an 18-year-old man accused of driving a car that struck and injured a Douglas County sheriff's deputy last month.

Obed Rodriguez was arrested without incident at his home in Denver by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service.

Rodriguez is being held at the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and vehicular eluding, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan. His bond is set at $100,000.

At about midnight on Nov. 24, a deputy was investigating a party with underage drinking in the area of Pendleton Drive in Highlands Ranch.

As the deputy interviewed people near the roadway, a car with its headlights off drove toward him and struck him before he could get out of the way, sheriff's officials said. The car was believed to be a silver four-door vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix.

Sheriff’s investigators made the arrest a week after the agency asked the public's help in identifying the suspect in the vehicular assault. The agency received multiple tips through Metro Denver Crime Stoppers that led investigators to Rodriguez, Hanavan said.

"Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver is very thankful for the public's assistance and appreciative of all the hard work from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division," the spokesman said.

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