Two Colorado police officers were charged when train rammed patrol car with woman in handcuffs

Two police officers have been charged with multiple felony counts and misdemeanors stemming from an incident in which they allegedly placed a handcuffed female suspect in a patrol car hit by train,

The Sergeant Weld County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that the Plattville Police Department’s Pablo Vazquez has been charged with five counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of obstructing a highway or other route, reckless driving and parking. . Fort Lupton Police Department officer Jordan Stink has been charged with second-degree assault, criminal attempt to murder, and reckless endangerment.

On September 16, officers from both the Platteville Police Department and the Fort Lupton Police Department responded to an alleged road rage incident on Highway 85, CBS Colorado informed of. According to CBS Colorado, 20-year-old Yareni Rios-Gonzalez was charged with threatening another with a gun.

In body camera video of the incident, Ríos-González is seen being pulled in front of some railroad tracks. He was then handcuffed and placed inside Vazquez’s police cruiser, which he had stopped on the railroad tracks. As officers searched Rios-Gonzalez’s vehicle, a train whistle could be heard. The police cruiser then collided with an oncoming freight train, with Ríos-González still behind.

According to CBS Colorado, Rios-Gonzalez suffered serious injuries after the collision, but has since been discharged from the hospital.

The Weld County District Attorney’s office said he has been charged with one count of felony.

A CBS News Colorado investigation found that Vazquez was previously labeled as a “Significant” Liability Risk by another department on which he worked.

Vazquez has been placed on leave. A lawyer for Vazquez told CBS Colorado That they can’t comment “until I see the full indictment.”

“Officer Stink has faith in the judicial system and is confident that she will get her fair day in court,” Stink’s attorney told CBS Colorado.

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