AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – The man accused of injuring two Aurora firefighters is facing charges. James Lynn Peachee III is accused of second-degree assault, aggravated motor vehicle theft and driving while under the influence of drugs.

James Peachee (credit: Aurora Police)

According to Aurora police, police officers and firefighters with Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a report of an unresponsive driver in a vehicle in the 17000 block of East Quincy Avenue around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Employees at a nearby O’Reilly Auto Parts store said they made the 911 call after customers became concerned about the man. They said they knocked on the window and when they didn’t get a response from the man, they called for help.

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Police say as first responders contacted the driver, he awoke and put his vehicle in gear, striking one of the firefighters. After that, a second firefighter was injured when he broke out a window and reached into the vehicle in an attempt to stop the driver.

Both firefighters were taken to the hospital but neither had life-threatening injuries and Aurora Fire Rescue said both are expected to be OK.

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Peachee was also treated for injuries.

Jennifer McRae