DENVER (CBS4) — A man who crashed an e-scooter into a police officer — and the officer’s patrol car — is suspected of driving under the influence, according to the Denver Police Department. It happened Saturday evening at 21st and Market streets, just a block from Coors Field.
#TRAFFIC #DPD Officers on scene of a stand up scooter vs a parked vehicle at 21st and N. Market St. The scooter operator was injured and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. The scooter operator was charged with alcohol related charges. No road closures pic.twitter.com/iocTgQxCfJ
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) September 14, 2019
“The defendant being heavily impaired by an unknown amount of unknown alcoholic beverages, carelessly struck Sgt. Kinipple [who was] standing on the sidewalk performing police duties, while working the in-crowd of the Rockies game,” investigators stated in the probable cause statement.
The officer suffered a sprained thumb and scraped his knee.
“During the collision, the defendant was flung several feet into the street causing self-inflicted injuries,” police stated. “[He] exhibited several indicators of intoxication.”
Because of his injuries he was unable to perform a roadside sobriety test and he refused a blood or breath test, according to police.
The scooter rider was taken to the hospital and remained hospitalized on Monday, according to police.
He was cited with riding a scooter on the sidewalk, DUI, and careless driving resulting in injury.