Police enforcement of criminal and traffic laws on Colorado roads and highways took an unusual turn on Thanksgiving. A group of police officers escaped injury while investigating a suspected drunk driver when another vehicle slammed into one of their patrol cars. Officers suspect DUI as a factor in causing the accident. The driver of the car that crashed into the officers sustained minor injuries.
The accident occurred around 2 a.m. in Aurora after an officer stopped a different motorist on suspicion of committing a DUI offense. A second officer stopped to assist. The motorist’s car and the two police vehicles were blocking at least part of the left lane of travel. A sergeant then parked his vehicle behind the others, blocking the left and part of the center lane of the highway as the other officers stood in front of the vehicles engaged with the motorist.
Although each of the three police vehicles had their emergency lights on, authorities claim, a blue Audi vehicle crashed into the sergeant’s car before being wedged between a police vehicle and the cement highway divider. The sergeant purposely parked his vehicle in such a way so as to protect the police officers from harm in the event of an accident. When it was hit, the sergeant’s car was pushed away from the other people but collided with a Mazda that was being driven past the scene.
DUI penalties might include confinement in jail or probation supervision combined with fines or community service. When there is an accident associated with a DUI, prosecutors can elect to file felony DUI charges. The penalties for a felony DUI conviction might include fines and incarceration that are more severe than for a DUI that does not involve an accident. An experienced DUI lawyer may be able to help represent any individual dealing with a DUI charge.