Colorado Police Messed Up Big Time: Patrol Car Hit By Train with Woman Inside
Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking it, but we'll see if the same standard applies when it comes to one Colorado officer.
According to a report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, an investigation has been opened after a Colorado officer's squad car was hit by a train with a woman who had been recently detained still inside.
Platteville Police Department in Colorado Makes Big Mistake
On Friday, September 16, 2022, law enforcement received a call about a possible road rage incident involving a firearm in Ft. Lupton. An officer with the Platteville Police Department pulled over a vehicle on US85 and County Rd. 38 that they believed to be involved in the incident, with the suspect's vehicle stopping after passing some train tracks.
The officer however parked their squad car directly on the tracks.
Ft. Lupton Police Arrive on the Scene
Two officers with the Ft. Lupton police department arrived on the scene and then conducted a high-risk traffic stop. The only occupant of the vehicle was a 20-year-old woman from Greeley.
Law enforcement with Ft. Lupton apparently did not question the Platteville Police Department's squad car being parked on the tracks because they detained the woman on suspicion of felony menacing and placed her in the back of the Platteville patrol car.
While the officers cleared the suspect vehicle as part of the investigation, a train traveling northbound struck the PPD patrol car.
Greeley Woman Seriously Injured in Colorado Police Custody
The woman was transported to a hospital in Greeley with serious bodily injuries but her exact condition has not been reported.
The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the serious-injury traffic accident that occurred between the train and the Platteville Police Department patrol vehicle. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been requested to investigate the serious bodily injury to the individual while in police custody.
According to Denver 7, the Platteville officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.