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Police identify man suspected of stealing and crashing CSPD cruiser

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs police identified the man suspected of stealing a CSPD police cruiser and crashing it on I-25 Saturday night.

Officers arrested 36-year-old Richard Payne after they said he assaulted an officer, stole a cruiser and rolled it several times in the median of SB I-25 near the Uintah exit.

Richard Payne
Photo of Richard Payne, 36.

Payne was arrested for second-degree assault on a peace officer, aggravated motor vehicle theft, and driving under the influence of drugs.

Both Payne and the officer suffered minor injuries.

The crash and investigation shut down I-25 between the Bijou and Uintah exits for several hours Saturday night. The road reopened at approximately 11:43 p.m. Saturday.

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley is a digital content producer at KOAA News 5. He has worked in southern Colorado since 2016.
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