Police say man ran over his son
By Aimee Heckel, Boulder Daily Camera Staff Writer
Boulder Daily Camera, July 26, 2003
Longmont father intentionally went after boy with truck, report states

LONGMONT - A Longmont man faces child abuse and assault charges after police say he intentionally ran over his son with a truck.

Timothy Wade Thompson, 45, was charged Wednesday with felony third-degree assault, felony menacing, child abuse and reckless driving.

According to police reports released Friday, Thompson was upset around 7 p.m. Sunday when his son rode his bicycle past an agreed boundary. Thompson chased the boy down in his Chevy truck, crushing the bike and running over the child's left foot, police reports said. Thompson then got out of the truck and began striking the boy with an open hand, the reports said.

The boy's foot was cut and swollen when police talked to him about 20 minutes later, the report said. He also had red marks and bruises on his arms, legs, back and stomach, police said.

Thompson could not be reached for comment Friday.

Witnesses called 911 after they reportedly saw a young boy "being chased" by a man in a full-sized truck near Mount Sneffles Street and Antero Drive. They told police the boy fell off his bike before the truck ran over his foot and the bike, according to reports. Witnesses told police Thompson threw the bike and the boy into the truck "very roughly" and drove off.

When police arrived, they reported the child confirmed what witnesses said. In addition to his foot injury, the boy said he had hurt the front part of his head. Officers also reported seeing fresh bruises on the boy's arms.

Thompson told police he was trying to catch the child and said he "spanked his little butt." He said he then put the bike in the truck and took the child home.

He was arrested at his home around 7:37 p.m. Sunday on suspicion of misdemeanor reckless-knowing child abuse, misdemeanor third-degree assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

Thompson was released from the Boulder County Jail on Wednesday evening. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Aug. 14.

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