MOUNTAIN VIEW, Colo. (CBS4) – Police believe alcohol and drugs are the likely cause of a damaging collision early Wednesday morning.
Just after 1:15 a.m., officers from the Mountain View Police Department noticed an intoxicated man walking along Sheridan Boulevard near West 41st Avenue. He had been seen stumbling in the roadway. Officers took the man into custody and secured him in the back seat of the patrol vehicle in order to transfer him to a detox facility.
At that time a Ford Escape traveling southbound on Sheridan Boulevard crashed into the back of the patrol vehicle just before 1:45 a.m. Officers were gathering the man’s belongings from the roadside and were able to avoid the collision on foot.
The police vehicle had been stopped in the right lane with its emergency lights on, and the impact pushed it onto the sidewalk at a distance of approximately 30 feet.
The driver of the Ford Escape was a 34-year-old female, who had a 7-year-old female passenger. Both were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The man detained in the back of the police cruiser was transported to the hospital as well, and was treated and released.
Alcohol and drugs are suspected to be the cause of the collision. It is currently under investigation and charges are to be determined.
Both vehicles were totaled. No names have been released in the incident.