Police car slams vehicle at intersection

A Grand Junction police officer whose patrol car collided with another vehicle in Grand Junction on Friday night may have been speeding, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

The State Patrol is investigating the incident in which a car driven by an on-duty officer hit a Ford F-250 in the intersection of 12th Street and Orchard Avenue just after 7 p.m.

The police officer had activated the patrol vehicle’s lights and sirens when it was traveling north through the intersection and collided with the eastbound truck.

The driver of the truck, Charles Richardson, said he was traveling toward the intersection and had a green light, but when he saw the patrol car it was too late to stop, said Sgt. Scott Simons said, reviewing notes taken from the incident.

“The way he was going there may have not been a lot of visibility,” he said.

The male officer was heading to a call on 12th Street and Horizon Drive as other officers were chasing a suspect on foot, who was later apprehended.

Simons said there is a state statute that law enforcement officers have to slow down before entering an intersection with lights and sirens, but the law doesn’t indicate how much a driver must slow down. State Patrol officers must come to a complete stop in those instances, Simons said.

The front end of the patrol car sustained damage, but it was unclear if the other vehicle was damaged, Simons said.

No one was injured.

Simons would not release the officer’s name until the investigation was complete and if a citation was issued. Simons said the State Patrol is reviewing dash camera video in the case and working with the police to investigate the crash.


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