Montrose police officer injured in traffic accident

A police cruiser involved in an accident with a 16-year-old driver Wednesday.

A Montrose teenager with a freshly issued driver’s license was cited this morning after crashing his Jeep into a police officer’s patrol car.

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

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 of the officer. “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 the 16-year-old boy, who was issued a summons for suspicion of failure to yield right-of-way, a minor traffic infraction.

“Turns out (16-year-old) just got his driver’s license yesterday,” Lillard said.

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




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