By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Police Officer Jacob Marsh was taken into custody on investigation of vehicular assault charges for a head-on collision that happened earlier this month. The incident under investigation happened on April 13 while Marsh, 40, was driving an unmarked Denver Police Department vehicle.

Jacob Marsh (credit: Denver Police)

According to Denver police, it started just after 3 a.m. while Marsh was traveling northbound in the No. 1 southbound lane (the wrong direction) in the 4800 block of N. Quebec Street. Another vehicle was traveling ahead of Marsh, also going the wrong direction in the No. 2 southbound lane in the same area.

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That vehicle was able to avoid a collision with another vehicle that was traveling in the right direction in the southbound lanes. However, the police vehicle driven by Marsh was unable to avoid a collision and crashed head-on with the other vehicle.

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According to the Airbag Restraint Control Module that was recovered from the police vehicle, Marsh was traveling 75 mph in a posted 45 mph zone just 5 seconds before the collision. At the time of impact, the module shows Marsh traveling 51 mph. The driver of the other vehicle sustained serious bodily injury that was described as a proximal tibial fracture of the right leg that required surgery.

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The other wrong-way driver drove away from the scene. It is unclear whether this incident stemmed from a police action. The name of the other driver seriously injured has not been released.

Jennifer McRae