Sergeant Blake White
CSP Public Affairs
Park County Deputy Involved Crash
PARK COUNTY, COLORADO – On August 20, 2020 at approximately 4:34 PM, Park County Dispatch received a 911 call about a domestic violence incident in progress on Highway 24 near Antero Reservoir. A deputy from the Park County Sheriff’s Office and a trooper from the Colorado State Patrol were responding to the scene.
A 46-year-old male fled the scene in a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe prior to their arrival, and was eastbound on Highway 24. The Tahoe encountered the marked Park County Sheriff’s vehicle on Highway 24, as it was traveling westbound toward the scene. The Tahoe swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed head on into the Park County Sheriff’s vehicle. The unrestrained 46-year-old male was ejected from the Tahoe and sustained serious injuries. The male was transported by helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
The Park County Sheriff’s Deputy was wearing a seatbelt at the time and was extricated from the patrol vehicle. The deputy sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The deputy was transported by an additional helicopter to St Anthony Hospital.
The Colorado State Patrol Vehicular Crimes Unit is investigating the incident as an intentional act. The Fairplay Police Department is investigating the initial domestic violence incident.
Alcohol and drugs are suspected as contributing factors for the 46-year-old male. Excessive speed is also being investigated as a contributing factor.
The Deputy’s name is not being released at this time pending notifications, but may be obtained at a later time from the Park County Sheriff’s Office.
Park County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 604 / 1180 PCR 16
Fairplay / CO / 80440