Mark Vincent Berndtson
Mark Vincent Berndtson (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

Boulder police arrested a man after they say he clipped a pedestrian while driving in his car in Gunbarrel and then punched an officer when he tried to ask him about the accident later that day, according to a police report.

Mark Vincent Berndtson, 54, was arrested Monday on suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer -- a Class 4 felony -- resisting arrest, hit-and-run causing injury, careless driving causing injury and failure to report an accident.

According to a police report, a woman walking on a sidewalk near a Burger King at the Gunbarrel Shopping Center said a silver Chevrolet Impala's passenger-side mirror hit her elbow and fell off. She told police she was certain the driver would have noticed the impact and said the car sped up after the accident and appeared to be fleeing the scene. She was treated on scene but was not transported to a hospital.

About an hour later, the woman called back to say she had spotted the car that clipped her in the parking lot of an apartment building. When police arrived, they noticed a silver Chevrolet Impala that was missing its passenger-side mirror registered to Berndtson, who lived in the apartment complex.

According to the report, when two police officers knocked on the door, Berndtson answered the door but tried to slam it shut when they began to ask him about the accident. The officers forced the door open again, and Berndtson punched Officer Ross Richart in the face.

The officers eventually were able to get Berndtson handcuffed. He refused to talk to officers about the accident. Richart was not treated for injuries, but noted he did have a sore jaw after the incident.

Berndtson remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail and is due for a first appearance later today.