AURORA, Colo. — Police say the escaped inmate who crashed into multiple vehicles Tuesday night was a methamphetamine supplier, and may have been the leader of a large drug ring in Northern Colorado.
Terry Romero, 31, was taken into custody Tuesday night after he rammed his car into several unmarked police cars, caused a four-car accident, and then fled on foot trying to escape undercover officers.
According to police, Romero had a warrant out for his arrest for escaping from the Department of Corrections, and was known to be armed.
Romero was also under surveillance as part of a six-month long investigation into a methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking ring called “Operation Bad Nickname”, according to Longmont Police spokesman Jeff Satur.
While conducting surveillance on Romero Tuesday night, officers attempted a traffic stop to apprehend him, but Romero rammed into multiple unmarked cop cars and sped off.
Romero then drove northbound on Parker Road, ran a red light at Peoria Street and crashed into three cars just before 7:30 p.m. Several people suffered minor injuries, including Romero.
Authorities said Romero ran away from the scene of the crash, but undercover officers as well as police from Denver and Aurora arrested him after a brief struggle. Romero was treated at a local hospital for injuries and was later taken to jail.
Officers said they seized a .45-caliber pistol and over five pounds of meth with a street value of about $250,000 at the time of Romero’s arrest.
Romero was wanted for an escape from a felony conviction out of Adam’s County. He also had a felony escape warrant issued by the Department of corrections including two counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, two counts of theft, three counts of escape and one count of leaving the scene of an accident. He will face additional charges related to the narcotics investigation.
A tip reportedly led to Romero’s arrest, however police did not say what the tip was.
Officers have arrested seven other people in connection with the drug-ring investigation. Authorities are still looking for Richard Mora who was still on the run Wednesday. Police attempted to arrest Mora after a fight involving a gun at a residence on July 15.
Police have also seized multiple weapons and recovered several stolen vehicles over the course of the investigation, according to Satur.
Parker Road was closed Tuesday between Peoria Street and Dartmouth Avenue while police investigated the crash scene.