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The Colorado Springs Police Department says alcohol was a factor in a "series of events" that included shots being fired and police cruisers being struck by a fleeing vehicle.

According to a police report, officers responded to two shots fired downtown shortly before 2 AM, Thursday. Upon arriving at location, the 100 block of E. Pikes Peak, officers came in contact with 26-year-old Michael Garrison, who was walking away from the scene carrying a pistol. Another man, 30-year-old Tony Hoeppel interfered with the officers' attempts to contact Garrison, the report stated, and at the same time, a dark colored Chevy Tahoe was speeding away from the scene.

The Tahoe, driven by 26-year-old Eddie Lightsey, nearly struck one police cruiser and then later struck two other police cruisers. Officers continued to pursue Lightsey until he failed to negotiate a turn at the intersection of Cimmaron and Tejon. The Tahoe slid into a large hole at a construction site at the intersection where the Bank of Broodmoor had formerly been located.

Lightsey, who was uncooperative as he exited the vehicle, was arrested for felony eluding, felony assault on police officers, DUI and other charges. Garrison was arrested on weapons charges, and Hoeppel was arrested for obstruction.

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