Responding to a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. of a domestic violence incident in progress on U.S. 24 near Antero Reservoir, a Park County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was involved in a car crash as the suspect fled the scene.
The deputy and a trooper from the Colorado State Patrol were both responding to the scene. The 46-year-old male had fled the scene in a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe prior to their arrival, driving eastbound on U.S. 24, encountering the marked Park County Sheriff’s vehicle traveling westbound toward the scene. The Tahoe swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into the Park County Sheriff’s vehicle.
The unrestrained suspect was ejected from the Tahoe and sustained serious injuries. The Park County Sheriff’s Deputy was wearing a seatbelt at the time and was extricated from the patrol vehicle. The deputy sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported by separate helicopters to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
The Colorado State Patrol Vehicular Crimes Unit is investigating the incident as an intentional act. The Fairplay Police Department is investigating the initial domestic violence incident.
Alcohol and drugs are suspected as contributing factors for the 46-year-old male. Excessive speed is also being investigated as a contributing factor. The Deputy’s name is not being released at this time pending notifications.