Questions remain after Platteville patrol car with woman inside hit by train

WELD COUNTY, Colo.  — A Platteville police officer is on paid administrative depart after his patrol automobile, which had a lady inside, was hit by a practice Friday night.

The crash occurred simply earlier than 8 p.m. within the space of Freeway 85 and Weld County Street 36. Authorities mentioned the preliminary name was reported as an alleged street rage incident involving a firearm in Ft. Lupton earlier within the night.

In keeping with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a Platteville officer situated the car to make a site visitors cease on US 85 and County Rd. 38. The motive force of the car, 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez of Greeley, pulled to a cease simply previous the railroad tracks, with the patrol officer behind the automobile on the tracks.

With the help of two Ft. Lupton officers, police carried out a high-risk site visitors cease and detained Rios-Gonzalez and positioned her behind the patrol automobile parked on the tracks.

Whereas the officers cleared the suspect car as a part of the investigation, a Union Pacific practice touring northbound struck the Platteville patrol automobile, in accordance with a CBI launch.

Rios-Gonzalez was taken to a Greeley hospital with a severe accidents. In an replace Monday, CBI mentioned Rios-Gonzalez remains to be within the hospital and is anticipated to outlive.

The officer and the practice crew weren’t injured.

Knowledgeable struggles to know why Platteville officer positioned lady in patrol automobile parked on practice tracks

A legislation enforcement professional, who has labored on greater than 1,000 instances throughout the nation, instructed Denver7 the incident doesn’t make sense.

“I assumed I would seen, in almost 50 years on this area, nearly each type of incident, however that is one for the books,” mentioned Dr. George Kirkham, a nationally acknowledged police requirements and procedures professional.

Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer mentioned the officer is on paid administrative depart whereas CBI and Colorado State Police examine.

“The City of Platteville continues to work cooperatively with CBI and CSP throughout their investigation concerning this incident. The Platteville Police Division has nothing so as to add right now to CBI’s press launch that was issued on Saturday,” Dwyer mentioned.

Kirkham mentioned it’s troublesome to think about how this might have occurred.

“It is troublesome for me to think about how you wouldn’t remember your automobile, or her automobile, had been on railroad tracks, to a really shut proximity to railroad tracks, and that may imply you place somebody behind a police automobile,” he mentioned. “You understand, it is a Venus flytrap.”

Kirkham mentioned it’s attainable the officer had an excessive amount of adrenaline from the chase and forgot fundamental procedures.

“It’s a must to take heed to what is going on on and comply with your coaching,” he mentioned. “And that is so fundamental. It’s past me how any rational individual might do one thing like this.”

The officer’s title has not been launched.

A number of legislation enforcement companies are concerned within the investigation. The Ft. Lupton Police Division is investigating the alleged street rage incident. CSP is reviewing the crash, and CBI is investigating how Rios-Gonzalez was injured whereas in police custody.

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