Charges filed against man shot by Grand County Sheriff’s deputy last October
April 16, 2009
Three charges have been filed against the Granby man shot by a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy last October during an altercation after a high-speed chase.
Christopher David Dalgarn (aka David Christopher North), was issued a summons dated April 9 charging him with felony vehicular eluding, criminal attempt to disarm a police officer, and reckless driving, according to court documents.
The eluding charge is a Class 5 felony, attempting to disarm an officer is a Class 6 felony, and reckless driving is a Class 2 traffic offense. The summons orders Dalgarn to appear in court at 8:45 a.m. on June 29 to answer the charges.
Dalgarn, then 23, was shot four times by Deputy Rochalle Rooks after a high speed chase on Oct. 6, 2008, that ended near Tabernash when Rooks rammed the car Dalgarn was driving and Dalgarn attacked the deputy and attempted to take his gun, according to a report compiled after a nearly three-month investigation the 14 Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Dalgarn, who was not armed and has a history of mental illness, was left paralyzed from the neck down by the gunshot wounds, according to family members.
The charges filed against Dalgarn allege the following:
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– Eluding: The suspect, “… while operating a motor vehicle, unlawfully, feloniously, and knowingly eluded or attempted to elude Rochalle Rooks, a peace officer also operating a motor vehicle, when the defendant knew or reasonably should have known that he was being pursued by the peace officer, and operated his vehicle in a reckless manner …”
– Attempt to disarm: The suspect “… by engaging in conduct constituting a substantial step toward the commission of Disarming a Peace Officer, unlawfully and feloniously attempted to remove the firearm of Rochalle Rooks, a peace officer, who was acting under the color of his official authority …”
– Reckless driving: The suspect “… unlawfully drove or operated a motor vehicle in such a manner as to indicate a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property …”
Rooks was placed back on active field duty in late January after the DA’s report exonerated him.
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