Deputy avoids serious injury while re-entering his vehicle

PRESS RELEASE
March 25, 2021

At approximately 4:20 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021, a Garfield County Sheriff’s vehicle was struck by a passing vehicle. The incident occurred near mile marker four, eastbound, on Highway 82. The deputy associated with the vehicle was entering through the driver’s door, after dispatching an injured deer. He noticed an oncoming vehicle headed directly at him. He was able to dive into his vehicle and avoid serious injury. The vehicle continued east bound on Highway 82 after striking the open door of the patrol vehicle.

The deputy immediately began a pursuit. The driver, who had failed to stop at the scene, subsequently pulled over when the deputy came up behind her car. The mirror of the car had broken off during the encounter. Neither the driver nor the deputy were injured in the incident, and damage to the patrol car was minimal. The driver was driving her vehicle without a valid driver’s license and had no vehicle registration or proof of insurance.

Law enforcement officers routinely put themselves in high-risk situations; even simple acts performed along the roadside can have serious consequences. Drivers need to remain attentive and vigilant at all times to keep everyone safe. Had the deputy not been aware of his surroundings and alert to the oncoming traffic, the results could have been much different. His lights were on during the encounter. Remember, Colorado is a move-over state. When you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, slow down and move to the outside lane whenever possible. Help protect the men and women who protect and serve you.

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