DENVER - The man who stuck and critically injured a Denver police officer during a student protest last year pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a plea bargain.
Christopher Booker pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and attempting to influence a public servant. He'll be sentenced in December.
Booker's black Mercedes hit four bicycle officers on December 3. Officer John Adsit, a 9-year-veteran of the department, was critically injured and needed more than a dozen surgeries.
"Booker lost control of his motor vehicle, accelerating from a stop, striking the bike officers, causing serious and bodily injury to several," DPD wrote in a statement.
Booker was not initially arrested because, at the time, Denver Police Chief Robert White said preliminary indications were that the crash was due to a medical condition.
However, Booker was charged three months later. The probable cause affidavit revealed that the officer who pulled Booker from his damaged car recognized the signs of a seizure and that Booker told investigators that he took medication for seizures.
Police checked with Booker's doctors and confirmed he had the condition for several years, but had never disclosed the condition on his applications for a driver license from the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles.
"It's our allegation that he was aware of his medical condition," said Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. "When you go to the DMV and you re-up for your driver's license you have to answer certain questions about your physical condition and it’s our position that he did not tell the truth about his medical condition on nine separate dates."
The protest by East High School students that day was to show solidarity with the people protesting police killing black men in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City.