"I am officially living in Colorado," previous Utah resident Chase Vasic wrote in an April Facebook post. He added, "I like the people here.... It doesn't feel that different from Salt Lake, except people are less segregated and I haven't run into as many crazy people so far."
This reference to craziness is crazy-ironic, since the Denver District Attorney's Office believes Vasic recently acted kinda crazy himself — by trying to grab the gun of a Denver police officer after getting into a fender-bender that didn't actually bend anything.
As you can tell, we're getting into Schmuck of the Week territory about now.
According to the probable cause statement on view below, an officer responded to the intersection of 15th Street and Delgany at around 3:10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10.
Upon his arrival, he discovered that a 2011 black Hyundai driven by Vasic had rear-ended another vehicle after the light had turned red.
Fortunately, neither vehicle was damaged — but the officer perceived that Vasic had "an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath," not to mention another symptom that tends to turn up in drunk-driving-related police reports: watery, bloodshot eyes.
When the officer requested assistance to process Vasic for a DUI, however, the suspect "became agitated and started screaming," the PC statement notes.
That's not all. Vasic also allegedly attempted to disarm the officer, all the while "screaming for him to just shoot him."
Which may explain why the officer also suspected that Vasic was "high on a controlled substance."
There's no mention of what that substance may have been in either the police report or the announcement from the Denver District Attorney's Office about charges against Vasic: second-degree assault, a criminal attempt to disarm a peace officer and, yes, driving under the influence.
Vasic was arrested, then released on a $10,000 bond in advance of an upcoming advisement date of June 29 — and in recent days, new items have shown up on his Facebook page, including this post featuring lyrics from "Tame (Filled With Fear)," a song by the Swedish metal band Hypocrisy
Everything is built on conspiracy
Nothing has been changed
We just smile, accept everything
Why do we turn our backs and walk away?
It's hard to tell right from wrong
It's all a conspiracy
Like blindfolded cattles
(And lead us on til the end)
We all are living in a twisted society
(Nothing's gonna stop them)
When the truth won't set us free
Filled with fear
Rock on, Mr. Vasic.
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Look below to see Vasic's booking photo, followed by the aforementioned police report.