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Driver Suspected In DUI Crashes Into Patrol Car

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The crash on Regent Drive in Boulder early Saturday morning. (credit: CU Police)

The crash on Regent Drive in Boulder early Saturday morning. (credit: CU Police)

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- A suspected drunk driver slammed into a University of Colorado police patrol car on Saturday.

Police believe that Honda Accord was traveling more than 30 mph when it slammed into the back of the patrol car parked on Regent Drive near the Regent Administrative Center. The crash happened at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Officers were parked there to respond to interview a pedestrian on Regent Drive in an unrelated case.

The patrol car was unoccupied at the time of the crash but sustained significant damage to the rear of the vehicle.

The Accord had extensive front-end damage and deployed its air bag. Neither the driver nor the officers were injured.

Police arrested Douglas Eugene Hammond, 33, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI and careless driving.

A breath test at the Boulder Police Department revealed that Hammond had a blood-alcohol content of .19.

This marks the second DUI crash on Regent Drive in as many days. On Friday around 1:50 a.m. a drunken driver took out two parking meters near the Coors Event Center before fleeing the scene. Within 15 minutes officers found the suspect walking away from the crash.

Samuel Holz, 22, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, careless driving and failing to report an accident. Holz had a blood-alcohol content of .13 according to a breath test.

Regent Drive is frequently used as a thoroughfare between Broadeay and 28th Street that sees heavy use by pedestrians and cyclists.

“We’ll continue to make DUI and speed enforcement along Regent Drive a high priority,” said CU Police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher. “Especially as we enter the start of another school year, we want to ensure that drivers, pedestrians and cyclists can use Regent Drive safely.”

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