Newly licensed teen hits police car in Montrose

A Montrose police officer suffered cuts and bruises Wednesday in a collision at Nevada Avenue and North First Street with a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old boy who got his driver’s license Tuesday.

A Montrose teenager with a freshly issued driver’s licence was issued a summons Wednesday after crashing into a police officer’s patrol car in Montrose.

Officer Josh Pollert, 28, was driving south on Nevada Avenue around 9 a.m. when a Jeep Wrangler, driven by a 16-year-old boy, crashed into the driver’s side of the patrol car, according to Montrose Police Department Cmdr. Gene Lillard.

The Jeep was westbound on North First Street and had stopped at a stop sign before pulling into the intersection with Nevada Avenue.

Pollert suffered cuts and bruises on his left arm. He was treated and released from Montrose Memorial Hospital.

“Nothing serious, but he’s pretty shaken up,” Lillard said. “It turned out a lot better than it could have been.”

Lillard said the patrol car was totaled.

Lillard said Pollert was headed to the Montrose hospital and had a prisoner, a man just arrested for suspicion of domestic violence, in the back seat of the patrol car at the time of the accident. The prisoner wasn’t injured. Nor was the 16-year-old boy, who was issued a summons on suspicion of failure to yield right-of-way, a minor traffic infraction, Lillard said.

The boy had been issued his Colorado driver’s licence Tuesday, Lillard said.

Lillard said the Colorado State Patrol arrived at the scene, but the Montrose Police Department declined assistance with the accident investigation.

Pollert, a Grand Junction High School graduate, has been with the department two years as a patrol officer and is assigned to Montrose’s SWAT team.


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