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Jon Parsons

Driving while shmucked up

When they hand out the good Karma awards, Jon Parsons shouldn’t hold his breath.

The 36-year-old Fort Collins man had stopped his 1999 Pontiac Firebird on the shoulder of I-25 about fourteen miles south of the Wyoming state line on October 25.

But when a Colorado state trooper stopped around 11 a.m. to see what the problem was, Parsons attacked him, according to a police statement. Both Parsons and Trooper Brent Tassitano, a six-year veteran with the state patrol, sustained minor injuries before Parsons was detained. Both men were taken to Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.

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Tassitano was released, while Parsons was taken to Larimer County jail, where he was charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of drugs, careless driving and driving with a suspended license.

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