Evergreen man arrested following reported domestic violence incident

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By Deborah Swearingen

The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office arrested an Evergreen man following a domestic violence incident that ended in an eastbound chase down Interstate 70 on Thanksgiving night.

According to Clear Creek Undersheriff Bruce Snelling, at 6:23 p.m. Nov. 22, a female called 911, reportedly saying a television had been thrown at her, and she had been punched in the face. By the time officers arrived at the home off U.S. 40 in Evergreen, the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Brian Lee Patrick, had left the area.

An ambulance and officers went to the scene to assist the victim and transport her to the hospital, while officers with Idaho Springs Police Department and Colorado State Patrol followed the vehicle eastbound on I-70 until it got off at Swede Gulch Road near the Evergreen Walmart. At this time, the officers performed a felony stop, in which the suspect stopped the car and was placed into custody.

The victim was later released from the hospital, according to Snelling.

The suspect was charged with a variety of felonies, including first-degree assault with serious bodily injury and strangulation, third-degree assault and domestic violence.

According to Colorado court records, Patrick was in court Friday to hear the charges. He’ll be back in court on Dec. 12 for an appearance of counsel.

Cases of domestic violence can be tough to identify and prosecute, according to Snelling. Largely, that’s because the crime often goes unreported.

“We only find out about one of every 10,” he said. “It’s only ‘til they get really hurt or seriously injured or killed before anybody tells.”

This is consistent with information from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. According to the hotline, leaving an abusive relationship can be the most dangerous time. People stay in these relationships for a variety of reasons, including fear, shame, love or a lack of financial resources.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.