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Deputy punched trying to arrest suspect

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 19:14:20-05

It took two deputies, a police officer and a K-9 to arrest a man in Fort Collins.

A Larimer County Sheriff''s Office said a deputy stopped a driver at 1:30 a.m. Sunday on Hickory Street. A second deputy and a Fort Collins Police Services K-9 Unit responded to help.

When the dog found narcotics, a deputy tried to handcuff Wade Holdren, but he pulled away from the deputy and ran.

"A deputy caught Holdren a short distance away, but Holdren resisted and punched the deputy in the face," the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said. "The deputy used fist and knee strikes to defend himself and to gain control of Holdren."

A Taser was deployed and eventually Holdren was handcuffed.

Holdren was booked into the Larimer County Jail on suspicion of Controlled Substance Distribution/Manufacture/Possess with Intent, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, 2nd Degree Assault, Resisting Arrest and  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Officials said neither Holdren nor the deputy he punched were seriously injured.

Officials said the Larimer County Sheriff's Office saw a 40 percent increase in resisting arrest incidents from 2014 to 2015.

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