Officers face dangerous situations every day. Even the routine traffic stop can be dangerous when done alongside the speeding cars on a highway. For two Denver officers, a routine traffic stop that turned into a roadside investigation lead to a collision and injuries at the hands of a possible drunk driver.
In the early morning hours of a Friday, two Lone Tree officers conducting a traffic stop investigation were struck by a passing vehicle whose driver was suspected to have been under the influence. The driver, whose identity has not been revealed, collided with one of the patrol cars which forced it into the other patrol car. Both officers were in their vehicles at the time of the accident and were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries.
The driver was placed under arrest by the Sheriff's Department, and the collision is under investigation. Although few details are known, authorities say that it does appear that alcohol was a factor in this accident.
While officers expect some degree of danger in every day's work, being hit by a passing car while conducting a routine traffic stop may not be a situation they usually worry about. The suspected drunk driver could have just as easily struck a disabled vehicle or hit a person changing their tire. For individuals that have been impacted by a drunk driver, speaking to a trusted personal injury attorney may help.
Knowing your rights and fighting for justice is one way to hold negligent individuals accountable for their actions. With the help of an attorney, you can get the compensation you need and the justice you deserve.
Source: The Denver Post, "2 Lone Tree officers injured on I-25 when vehicle slams into patrol cars", Jesse Paul, Sept. 18, 2015