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Alejandro "Menace-Chevy" Garcia Busted: Did He Try to Run Over Aurora Cop?

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On his Facebook page, Alejandro Garcia lists his name as "Alejandro 'A-Town' Garcia," in apparent homage to his hometown of Aurora.

But a second nickname is listed parenthetically: "Menace-Chevy."

If the Aurora Police Department is right, the latter moniker may be appropriate, since Garcia has been arrested on suspicion that he tried to run over an officer.

The vast majority of items posted on Garcia's page are far from menacing. In addition to portraits like this pair of shots....

...and a pic designed to show off tats....

...most of the recent photos and videos feature a pair of adorable little girls.

But the APD's account of what happened early on Monday morning doesn't qualify as cute.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on May 4, the APD notes that a District 1 patrol officer was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Moline Street.

The area is captured in the following interactive graphic.

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As the officer was walking back to his cruiser, a vehicle is said to have approached and then stopped nearby.

At first, the officer assumed the driver pulled over to let him get back into his cruiser, and he began walking toward the driver's side door.

But then, the APD release says, "the tires on the suspect's vehicle began to squeal and the driver accelerated toward the officer," striking his leg and forcing him onto the hood of the cruiser.

Aurora police photos show the minor damage caused by the impact. Here's one shot....

...and another:

The officer didn't respond by opening fire, as has happened in plenty of recent cases, including the pursuit of ID thief Kyle Moore and an incident in Arapahoe County earlier this week. Instead, he climbed into his car and began pursuing the suspect vehicle. But he had to give up the chase after his car started smoking.

Shortly thereafter, the officer was treated for his injuries at a local hospital and released.

Meanwhile, the search for the driver continued, and within hours, investigators had determined that Garcia was responsible. He was arrested at his home later that morning.

Garcia is being held on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, vehicular eluding and driving under the influence.

Here's a look at his booking photo.

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