Hit-and-run driver crashes into 3 Denver police officers, person being taken into custody

The most seriously injured of the officers sustained major fractures


By Cindi Andrews and Matt Sebastian
The Denver Post

DENVER — Three Denver police officers and a person they were taking into custody were injured when a hit-and-run driver smashed into their patrol vehicle on Capitol Hill late Saturday night after the nearby George Floyd protest had largely broken up, authorities said.

The most seriously injured of those officers remained hospitalized Sunday morning with “major fractures,” Denver police spokesman Kurt Barnes said. A second officer was released with a fractured leg, and the third with less serious injuries, he said. All are expected to fully recover.

Barnes said he had no information on the person who was being taken into custody, including the severity of injuries or whether that person remained hospitalized.

The four were injured when a Chevrolet Cobalt or Cruze ran into a police cruiser, according to a Denver Police Department tweet.

The crash occurred around 11 p.m. near the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Colfax Avenue and Logan Street, according to a Denver Post journalist at the scene.

Crime Stoppers alert issued by Denver police Sunday morning characterized the crash as an attempted murder, and said it occurred in the 1500 block of Logan Street.

Police released a photograph of the car they’re looking for, and noted in the Crime Stoppers bulletin that the vehicle appears to be missing its mirror on the driver’s side and also appears to have damage to the front bumper.

Denver police initially identified the car as having Wyoming license plate number 59722, but that’s no longer the vehicle they’re seeking.

“We did find that vehicle, but it was not the one that actually crashed,” Barnes said.

Anyone with information about the car is asked to call Crime Stoppers 720-913-STOP (7867).

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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