UCCS Police to pursue charges

June 23, 2016

Statement by Acting Chief Marc Pino

Statement by Marc Pino, acting chief, UCCS Police Department

In re: June 22 campus incident

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Police Department will pursue felony charges against Matthew Leonard, 32, of Colorado Springs following a late night June 22 hit-and-run traffic incident involving a UCCS police motorcycle officer.

There were no injuries in the incident and the campus community was not in danger.

Leonard has no known connection to UCCS.

Leonard was booked into the El Paso County jail late June 22 on charges of outstanding warrants. Today, UCCS Police will file for additional charges against Leonard. Those charges include first degree assault, criminal mischief, two counts of reckless endangerment, child abuse and multiple traffic offenses. With the exception of the traffic offenses, the charges are felonies. There were two passengers in Leonard’s car, a woman and an infant child.

At approximately 10 p.m. June 22, a UCCS police officer patrolling campus on a motorcycle attempted to stop Leonard for traffic violations. During the attempted stop, Leonard is accused of swerving his Honda CRV toward the officer. There was a brief pursuit. Leonard is accused of driving into the officer’s police motorcycle and attempting to flee.

The UCCS officer called for assistance. Colorado Springs Police officers in the area responded and assisted in Leonard’s arrest.

The UCCS Police Department is grateful for the assistance of the Colorado Springs Police Department in this case.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the UCCS Police Department, 255-3111.