The Albuquerque Police Department is investigating a crash between an officer and civilian near San Mateo.
According to the report, an Albuquerque police officer responded to a call just before the crash. It is unclear if the officer turned on his lights and sirens before speeding to the call. The officer and civilian vehicle were near San Mateo and Zuni when the crash happened. The report didn’t say what happened exactly, but both drivers were taken to the hospital in stable condition. Although the injuries are non-life threatening, both will likely be on bed rest for a while so they can recover. The officer in the crash called an ambulance to their position and they were taken to the hospital.
Since the crash happened while the officer was on duty and a civilian was injured, both drivers will be tested for signs of impairment. Also, investigators will review any dash cam footage and the data in both cars to grasp what happened. Also, officers will obtain statements from anyone who may have witnessed the crash. This will likely take a while because the APD has had so many officer-civilian crashes this year. The civilian was not cited or arrested for their involvement in the crash, so likely it was the officer’s fault. Stay tuned for updates on the situation as they are released by authorities.
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