Breckenridge man sentenced for potentially career-ending assault on Dillon police officer

Breckenridge man sentenced for potentially career-ending assault on Dillon police officer

A 27-year-old Breckenridge man was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for assaulting a Dillon police officer.

James Patrick Morrow pleaded guilty in November to second-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, according to the Summit County District Attorney’s Office.

Summit County District Attorney

James Patrick Morrow

On the night of Oct. 15, 2017, Morrow was “laying in the street, speaking incoherently and mumbling as law enforcement arrived,” a news release said. “Morrow behaved aggressively, puffing his chest out and eventually struck a Dillon Police Department Sergeant as she tried to arrest him.”

A second officer was also struck by Morrow, who was wildly kicking and throwing punches, prosecutors said. After being taken into custody, Morrow told investigators he had been “huffing paint” and that he was on ketamine, a controlled substance used in anesthesia.

“Justice in our community means severe consequences for people who strike at those whose job is to protect us all,” District Attorney Bruce Brown said in the release.

The injured Dillon officer has undergone several surgeries and is beset by physical limitations that will be life-long and career-ending, the release said.

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