Parolee charged with driving to Longmont police has trial pushed back

Keith Beyer

A parolee accused of nearly trying to hit Longmont police in a stolen SUV has had his trial pushed back again.

Keith Beyer, 32, pleaded not guilty in 2020 to attempted first-degree assault, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug-related crime, burglary at the second degree, first degree trespassing, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicle escape, attempted first degree automobile intrusion, possession of a weapon by a former offender, second degree trespassing, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and reckless driving.

Since pleading not guilty, Beyer has had trial dates in June, November and, most recently, a five-day trial scheduled for March, all canceled, according to court records.

Beyer is now set for a five-day trial beginning June 27, with a hearing on the motions on May 26.

He remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $20,000 bond.

Police say officers were investigating three reports of a man attempting to steal vehicles in North Longmont on August 10, 2020. A local resident told officers Beyer entered a garage at the back of his property.

Officers drove to the garage and saw Beyer in a black Chevrolet Suburban. Beyer put the stolen SUV into reverse and backed into the driveway, and an officer fired a bullet at the vehicle’s tire, causing it to explode.

Beyer drove off, hitting a fence and a UPS truck on the way, according to an affidavit. He was taken into custody less than five minutes later when officers arrested Beyer with a taser in the 1200 block of Spruce Avenue.

According to the affidavit, a backpack was later found about a mile from where the incident occurred, at 2201 14th Ave. Court and law enforcement documents belonging to Beyer were inside, along with methamphetamine. There was also a loaded handgun, the affidavit states.

In an interview with the Longmont Police Department, Beyer told officers “Parole was looking for him and (he) ran from them during the day,” according to the affidavit. He admitted to going into a house, getting out when asked by the owner, then going into another garage, where he saw the keys to an SUV in the console.

He said when he got into the SUV he saw the officers behind him and tried to flee the scene. He said he was not trying to hurt the officers, according to the affidavit.

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