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A man claiming to be a Longmont police officer bit a Larimer County sheriff's deputy in his attempt to avoid getting the boot from campgrounds near Carter Lake, according to authorities.

Larimer County Sheriff's Office officials said Gillie Thomas Thurby, 24, of Longmont interfered with medical crews and park rangers while they helped his mother. Thurby's mother was an intoxicated woman who needed to go to the hospital, Sheriff Justin Smith said in a post on his Facebook page that included a roundup of calls his agency responded to Saturday.

Thurby reportedly tried to persuade staff members he was a Longmont police officer when park employees evicted him from the campground, Smith wrote.

When authorities determined he needed to be removed from the area, Thurby fought back, biting one officer and spitting on others. Smith said at least one ranger and one deputy were injured. The event happened just after 10 p.m.

They arrested him near Carter Lake at 971 N. County Road 31 in Berthoud.

Thurby continued to be uncooperative after he was booked into Larimer County Jail, Smith said, and apparently "flooded his cell" with his own urine.

Still in jail Monday, Thurby was arrested for investigation of second-degree assault, impersonating an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespassing.

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