Deputy injured by suspected DUI driver in crash, Douglas County sheriff says

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy was injured by a suspected DUI driver when a parked patrol vehicle was rear-ended.

The incident happened at about 10:45 p.m. Monday on Lincoln Avenue at Havana Street, according to a news release.

The deputy was inside a patrol SUV stopped on the road shoulder, with lights flashing, awaiting a tow truck to take a vehicle to the impound, the sheriff’s office said. A Chevrolet 3500 pickup truck, driven by a Parker man, crashed into the rear of the patrol SUV.

“The impact caused the patrol unit to be pushed into the lanes of traffic” on Lincoln Avenue, the release said. “Even though the deputy did sustain minor injuries, he was able to get the driver out of the truck and move him safely out of the lane of traffic.”

Both the deputy and driver were taken to a local hospital “as a precaution.” The deputy was treated for minor injuries and released, according to a news release.

The driver was issued a summons for careless driving resulting in injury, driving under the influence, failure to present evidence of insurance, and an open container in a vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

The Lone Tree Police Department is handling the DUI and crash investigations.

 

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