Report: Man punched Boulder cop after fleeing scene of a pedestrian hit-and-run

BOULDER - A Boulder man was expected to make his first appearance Wednesday afternoon after police said he hit a pedestrian while driving his car in Gunbarrel and then punched an officer who tried to ask him about the accident.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported Wednesday that Mark Vincent Berndtson, 54, was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, hit-and-run causing injury, careless driving causing injury and failure to report an accident.

The newspaper reported that a woman told officers she was walking on the sidewalk, near 5320 Spine Rd., when a Chevrolet Impala's passenger-side mirror hit her arm. The mirror was knocked off by the impact.

She told police the driver sped up after the accident and drove away quickly.  She was treated at the scene for her injuries.

A car matching the description of the earlier car, with the passenger-side mirror missing, was found about an hour later in an apartment complex.

Police traced the registration to Berndtson who lives in the complex.  They said officers knocked and his apartment front door and tried to ask him about the accident.  That's when Berndtson slammed it shut, they said.  Officers forced the door open again and Berndtson slugged Officer Ross Richart, police said.

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