Police: Man asked to ‘borrow’ cop car before stealing trash truck, leading chase
BOULDER, Colo. — Daniel Morkert, the man accused of stealing a garbage truck in Boulder and leading police on a chase down U.S. 36 on Wednesday, first asked a police officer if he could borrow a cop car, a Boulder Police report reads.
Morkert, 26, was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, careless driving and eluding a police officer.
A neighbor of Morkert’s said he got “freaked” when officers arrived near his apartment at 2995 College Ave., at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on a different call. An officer wrote that Morkert left his apartment with his pit bull, thanked the officer for his work and asked, “Can I borrow your police car?”
The officer assumed Morkert was joking and said “No,” then left the scene. Just after 3 p.m., Western Disposal garbage truck driver Jose Valencia said he got out of his truck at 2995 College Ave. to move a dumpster and told police he left the driver’s side door open and saw Morkert get into the truck.
The report then says Morkert said, “I’m taking your truck!” to which Valencia said, “Please don’t take the truck!” Valencia told police he was going to try to get Morkert out of the truck but when he saw the pit bull, decided against it.
Morkert drove down U.S. 36 toward Denver and Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies put spikes on the road in an attempt to stop him. One of the truck’s front tires was damaged when it hit the spike near the McCaslin Boulevard exit but Morkert kept driving.
He exited at Wadsworth Boulevard, drove north then crashed into a median at the U.S. 287 loop just south of Midway Boulevard.
There were no injuries, and Morkert is being held on $10,000 bond and is due for formal filing of charges Tuesday. The report adds Morkert has a revoked license and a “lengthy criminal history including vehicular eluding, driving without a license” and “reckless driving.”