Suspected drug dealer flees from police, loses control of SUV, slams up against house in Denver

Suspect captured near W. Florida and Knox

DENVER - Denver police surrounded a house on South Julian Way after witnesses saw an SUV slam up against it, then saw a screen door slam shut.

The witnesses told 7NEWS they saw the SUV hit a curb where W. Mexico Avenue curves into S. Julian Way.  They say the driver then lost control and hit the house.

Police say undercover officers were conducting a drug sting a few blocks away when the suspect fled in his Dodge Journey.

"All I heard was a crash," said neighbor Nicole Sell. "I thought somebody hit my car which was parked on the street."

Sell said she went outside, spotted the SUV and saw an officer tell three young men to get onto the ground.

It turns out the three men were the witnesses who saw the crash and ran up to see if anyone needed assistance.

By the time they got there, the suspect was gone. 

One of the witnesses told 7NEWS that he saw the back screen door slam shut, so he told police he thought the driver may have entered the house.

Police called for backup thinking they were dealing with a home invasion. They surrounded, then entered the house, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.

A short time later he was spotted on foot near Knox Court and W. Florida Avenue.

Officers arrested him and took him in for questioning.

They won't release his name until he's been processed and formally identified.

One of the occupants of the house that was hit, Marcelous Thomas, said he's glad he wasn't home when the SUV slammed up against the south wall.

"My chair sits up against that wall," he said, "when I watch TV. So it could have been a lot worse."

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