For those of you wondering what it takes to make a Schmuck of the Week, one key factor involves a series of events that rapidly spirals out of control.
In other word, one damn thing leads to another.
Schmuck honoree Donald Quint knows all about that.
In the beginning, he was wanted for one crime. Then he allegedly committed another — dragging a deputy behind his car. And before he was done, he apparently tried to turn a shower curtain into a deadly weapon.
At around 5 p.m. on Monday, January 18, according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, deputies pulled over a vehicle driven by Quint near the intersection of 29 and Patterson roads in Grand Junction.
Why? The Grand Junction Police Department had issued a warrant in his name.
The offenses of which he'd been accused included second-degree assault and domestic violence.
But the MCSO maintains that Quint didn't seem all that interested in trying on a set of handcuffs.
After initially feigning compliance, he hit the gas, dragging one of the deputies behind his ride and nearly running him over at one point, the sheriff's office maintains.
Fortunately, the deputy suffered only non-life-threatening injuries, albeit painful ones to his knees and both arms that required treatment at a nearby hospital.
Quint subsequently dumped the vehicle and headed to a home located at 2910 Jon Hall Road on Orchard Mesa, an area adjacent to Grand Junction.
The MCSO account of what happened next stresses that deputies tried to talk him out of the home peacefully, but "he, in no uncertain terms, declined."
Moreover, deputies watching Quint through the home's windows were able to see him gathering knives before holing up in the bathroom.
Eventually, SWAT officers busted into the joint — and when they entered the lavatory, Quint "swung a shower curtain at them trying to strike and assault them several times," the narrative points out.
His response prompted authorities to secure the assistance of a Fruita Police Department officer with a K-9 — and between the dog and the humans, they were able to finally take Quint into custody.
On top of the earlier beefs against him, he's now suspected of the following laundry list of crimes:
2 counts, 2nd degree assault on a peace officer
2 counts, Resisting arrest
Driving under revocation
Failure to drive in a single lane
Thus far, Quint hasn't been charged with being a Schmuck — but it seems like only a matter of time. Here's a larger look at his booking photo.
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